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I love to present good, hearty, healthy food beautifully.

Fun Yoghurt Flowers

Yoghurt Flowers

My boys love yoghurt for dessert. If it’s topped with extra fruit then even better! Here are some fun food Yoghurt Flowers. Use whatever fruit is your favourite.

Fun food art Yoghurt Flowers Sugar free desserts Yoghurt Flowers Healthy, fun food Yoghurt Flowers

Recipe

– Plain yoghurt

– Fruit. I used apple, mango, persimmon, blueberries

– Pepitas (sunflower seeds)

Method

1. For the apple flower cut petals.

Yoghurt Flowers - 1 petals (1 of 1)

2. Add pepitas for stem and leaves.

Yoghurt Flowers - 2 stem (1 of 1)

3. Finish with a blueberry centre.

Creative food Yoghurt Flowers

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Healthy School Disco

No Junk Junk

There are many junk products marketed as healthy foods but for the school winter disco we decided to turn the tables. For the seniors we had home-made burgers (created from top quality meat) and served in preservative/sugar free wholemeal rolls with sauce that contained no sweeteners. For the vegetarians there was a bean burger option and all were eaten with delight. It was fabulous to see good food served and enjoyed.

Healthy food for school disco

Healthy food can be fun. Healthy food can be delicious. Healthy food can be reasonably priced and served at a fund raiser.

For the junior disco we again had fruit salad cups but next time we’re planning a home-made banana based “ice cream”.

Sugar free food for school disco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fun Avocado Owl

Avocado Owl

Ah, made this a little while ago and then forgot to post! It’s my cute, fun food, lunch – an Avocado Owl.

Healthy kids snacks Avocado Owl

Recipe

– Avocado

– Celery

– Carrot

– Radish

– Cucumber

– Coriander (cilantro) leaves – any edible leaves work!

– Yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Olives

Method

1. Cut an avocado in half and peel for the body.

Avocado Owl - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Add some big eyes from the inside of a radish.

Avocado Owl - 2 eyes (1 of 1)

3. Then a little, carrot beak.

Avocado Owl - 3 beak (1 of 1)

4. And some carrot feet.

Avocado Owl - 4 feet (1 of 1)

5. Use sliced celery for feathers.

Avocado Owl - 5 feathers  (1 of 1)

6. More celery makes the top feathers (ears?).

Avocado Owl - 6 ears (1 of 1)

7. Rings of olive make perfect pupils.

Avocado Owl - 7 eyes (1 of 1)

8. With slices of cucumber for wings.

Avocado Owl - 8 wings (1 of 1)

9. Then branches made from celery stalks.

Avocado Owl - 9 branches (1 of 1)

10. Using coriander (cilantro) for the leaves.

Avocado Owl - 10 leaves (1 of 1)

11. And finishing with a yellow capsicum (bell pepper), crescent moon.

Cute food for kids Avocado Owl

12. Or should it be a full moon?

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Fun Mandarin Spider

Mandarin Spider

Mandarins are perfect for lunchboxes or after school treats. Small, sweet and easy to pack and peel.

Here’s my fun food Mandarin Spider that can be whipped up in minutes!

Sugar free kids food Mandarin Spider

Recipe

– Mandarins

– Blueberry (raisin)

– Yoghurt/cream cheese

Method

1. Peel a mandarin for the body.

Mandarin Spider - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Add a slightly smaller one for the head.

Mandarin Spider - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. Then break one apart and use the segments for legs.

Mandarin Spider - 3 legs (1 of 1)

4. Use a blueberry sliced in half with a blob of yoghurt for the eyes.

Mandarin Spider - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. Finished. Bet the kids could make themselves!

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Fun Lunchbox Faces

Lunchbox Faces

My boys rarely have sandwiches for lunch but if they do why not make them fun too!

Lunchbox Faces, fun food that’s quick and simple.

Cute food Lunchbox Faces

Recipe

– Sandwich

– Olives

– Cheese,

– Red capsicum (bell pepper)

You can of course just use any ingredients you have on hand!

Method

1. Use cup case holders to keep everything together and bite-sized.

Lunchbox Faces - 1 cup cases  (1 of 1)

2. I used a cookie cutter to make them round.

Lunchbox Faces - 2 sandwiches (1 of 1)

3. Then added a face from cheese, olive and red capsicum.

Lunchbox Faces - 3 face 1 (1 of 1)

4. And gave the next sandwich a different expression.

Lunchbox Faces - 4 face 2 (1 of 1)

5. Finishing with a third face!

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Fun Carrot Cottage

Carrot Cottage

I love combining a whole host of salad veggies to make a picture. Even though we’re in mid-winter it was a glorious, blue sky day when I made this and so I was dreaming of summer …

Here’s a lovely, fun food Carrot Cottage.           Fun food art Carrot House

Recipe

– Carrot

– Radish

– Celery

– Cucumber

– Cauliflower

– Egg yolk

– Red cabbge

Method

1. Build the cottage from carrot.

Carrot House - 1 building (1 of 1)

2. Then the outline of the roof.

Carrot House - 2 roof (1 of 1)

3. Use semi circles for the tiles.

Carrot House - 3 roof tiles (1 of 1)

4. Then the inside of a radish (or daikon) for the door and window.

Carrot House - 4 window (1 of 1)

5. Attach a chimney to the side of the roof.

Carrot House - 5 chimney (1 of 1)

6. Before planting celery and cucumber trees.

Carrot House - 6 trees (1 of 1)

7. Little slices of cucumber form the grass.

Carrot House - 7 grass (1 of 1)

8. And cauliflower fluffy clouds.

Carrot House - 8 clouds (1 of 1)

9. Cut a circle from egg yolk to make a bright sun.

Carrot House - 9 sun (1 of 1)

10. Add details to the door and window from the radish outer.

Carrot House - 10 detail (1 of 1)

11. More egg yolk forms the sun’s rays.

Carrot House - 11 rays (1 of 1)

12. Finishing with red cabbage birds.

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Fun Dinosaur Egg

Dinosaur Egg

Not sure whether it was the semi-peeled avocado or the fact that we watched Jurassic World that got me thinking of hatching dinosaurs!

Here’s my fun food Dinosaur Egg.

Fun food art Dinosaur Egg

Recipe

– Cabbage

– Carrot

– Avocado

– Celery

– Radish (or cucumber)

– Olive

Method

1. Arrange thin strips of cabbage to start the nest.

Dinosaur Egg - 1 cabbage (1 of 1)

2. Add slices of carrot (I used a potato peeler).

Dinosaur Egg - 2 carrot (1 of 1)

3. Half peel an avocado and place in the nest.

Dinosaur Egg - 3 avocado (1 of 1)

4. Add some circles cut from radish for eyes.

Dinosaur Egg - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. Give him some celery hands.

Dinosaur Egg - 5 hands (1 of 1)

6. Use carrot for a tail and spikes.

Dinosaur Egg - 6 tail & spikes (1 of 1)

7. Then finish with olives for pupils and nostrils.

Fun food for picky kids Dinosaur Egg

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Fun Underwater Lunchbox

Underwater Lunchbox

A few more ideas for a fun food lunchbox. Add one or two to make the midday meal a little more creative.

Underwater Lunchbox:

Fun food art Underwater Lunchbox

Recipe

– Yellow and red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Carrot

– Bread

– Cheese

– Kiwi fruit

– Red cabbage

– Cucumber

– Raisins

Method

1. Cut a circle and some rays from a yellow capsicum.

Underwater Lunchbox - 1 sun (1 of 1)

2. Add some carrot fish.

Underwater Lunchbox - 2 fish (1 of 1)

3. Then build a boat from some bread.

Underwater Lunchbox - 3 boat (1 of 1)

4. Using cheese for the sails and portholes.

Underwater Lunchbox - 4 sails (1 of 1)

5. Kiwi fruit makes an awesome turtle.

Underwater Lunchbox - 5 turtle (1 of 1)

6. And red capsicum and red cabbage a great jellyfish.

Underwater Lunchbox - 6 jellyfish (1 of 1)

7. Then cut a funky seahorse from cucumber with a giant eye.

Underwater Lunchbox - 7 seahorse (1 of 1)

8. Finishing with some raisin eyes for the turtle and seahorse.

Creative lunchboxes Underwater

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Fun Cucumber Chicks

Cucumber Chicks

Looking for a cute snack for after school or a play date? Look no further, check out these fun food Cucumber Chicks.

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Recipe

– Cucumber

– Olives

– Carrot

– Cottage cheese

Method

1. Cut three slices of cucumber.

Cucumber Chicks - 1 cucumber (1 of 1)

2. Add rings of olives for the eyes.

Cucumber Chicks - 2 olives (1 of 1)

3. Then some carrot beaks. I also moved the chicks apart!

Cucumber Chicks - 3 beaks (1 of 1)

4. Give them wings cut from more cucumber.

Cucumber Chicks - 4 wings (1 of 1)

5. And some little, carrot legs.

Cucumber Chicks - 5 legs (1 of 1)

6. Finish with some fluffy, cottage cheese clouds.

Fun healthy snacks for kids Cucumber Chicks

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Fun Mandarin Octopus

Mandarin Octopus

The fruit was talking to me again and seeing the mandarin peeled just made me think of an octopus.

So … here’s a simple, fun food Mandarin Octopus.

Creative kids food Mandarin Octopus

Recipe

– Mandarin

– Pear

– Blueberries or raisins

– Kiwi fruit

– Almonds

Method

1. Peel a mandarin.

Mandarin Octopus - 1 mandarin (1 of 1)

2. Slice the pear lengthways to yield “arms” and arrange around the mandarin.

Mandarin Octopus - 2 pear arms (1 of 1)

3. Stick on blueberry eyes – I used a little yoghurt.

Mandarin Octopus - 3 blueberry eyes (1 of 1)

4. Chop kiwi fruit up for the seabed.

Mandarin Octopus - 4 seabed (1 of 1)

5. Add some flaked almonds for rocks.

Mandarin Octopus - 5 rocks (1 of 1)

6. Ready to eat!

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Fun Space Lunchbox

Space Lunchbox

Lots of space ideas to choose from. Choose one or two and surprise your mini-chef!

Fun food Space Lunchbox concepts:

Fun food art Space Lunchbox

Recipe

– Sourdough roll

– Celery

– Carrot

– Cucumber

– Red and yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Avocado

– Cheese

– Raisin

– Red Apple

– Kiwi

– Banana

Method

1. Use a roll as a planet.

Space Lunchbox - 1 planet (1 of 1)

2. Add a celery “ring”.

Space Lunchbox - 2 ring (1 of 1)

3. Then start to build a rocket using carrot.

Space Lunchbox - 3 rocket (1 of 1)

4. Adding a cucumber nose-cone, boosters and red capsicum flames. I had wings but dumped them later!

Space Lunchbox - 4 rocket detail (1 of 1)

5. Cucumber makes perfect windows.

 

6. Then an avocado alien (I always think of them when skinning one!)

Space Lunchbox - 6 alien (1 of 1)

7. A circle of cheese for the moon with raisin face.

Space Lunchbox - 7 moon (1 of 1)

8. And a bright yellow capsicum sun.

Space Lunchbox - 8 sun (1 of 1)

9. To finish lots of fruit stars. Red apple, kiwi and banana.

Lunchboxes for picky kids Space

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Fun Lunchbox Flowers

Flower Cups

Still on a bit of a lunchbox roll … These are a lovely, bright, simple and healthy addition to a fun food lunch. Not to mention versatile as you can throw in whatever you fancy …

I used some silicon cup cases from the discount store. If you are worried about transporting you can always pack some cardboard on top to hold in place once lid is on.

Fun food art Lunchbox Flowers

Recipe

Any veggies you like. I used:

– Carrots

– Radish

– Cucumber

– Celery

Method

1. Fill a lunchbox with cup cases.

Lunchbox Flowers - 1 cases (1 of 1)

2. Add sliced carrots and radishes.

Lunchbox Flowers - 2 carrots & radishes (1 of 1)

3. Add some cucumber.

Lunchbox Flowers - 3 cucumber (1 of 1)

4. Then some celery “leaves” to finish.

Creative Lunchbox Flowers

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Fun Weather Lunchbox

Weather Lunchbox

It’s great to have themes for lunches or lunchboxes but the best thing is just choosing the idea that will resonate best with your child. I’ve put together a few fun food “weather” concepts to use.

Fun food art Weather Lunchbox

Recipe

– Cheese

– Raisins

– Apple

– Carrot

– Popcorn

– Cucumber

Method

1. Cut a cloud from cheese.

Weather Lunchbox - 1 cloud (1 of 1)

2. And add a raisin face.

Weather Lunchbox - 2 cloud face (1 of 1)

3. Then an apple umbrella.

Weather Lunchbox - 3 umbrella (1 of 1)

4. Balanced with a bright, carrot sun.

Weather Lunchbox - 4 sun (1 of 1)

5. And some raisin rain.

Weather Lunchbox - 5 rain (1 of 1)

6. Then some popcorn snow.

Weather Lunchbox - 6 snow (1 of 1)

7. Finished off with cucumber lightening.

Healthy lunchbox weather

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Fun Rainbow Skewers

Rainbow Skewers

Skewers are a fun food, simple way to increase the veggie count!

These are versatile as you can use any brightly coloured veggies. I have grilled mine then added to the skewer.

Fun lunches Rainbow Skewers

Recipe

Any veg you like. I used:

– Red & yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Zucchini

– Pumpkin

– Swiss mushrooms

– Red cabbage

– Kohl rabi

Method

1. Cook the veg.

Rainbow Skewers - 1 tray (1 of 1)

2. Place all the veg on a skewer.

Rainbow Skewers - 2 skewer (1 of 1)

3. Pack the lunchbox.

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Fun Egg-Face Lunchbox

Egg Face Lunchbox

Continuing with simple, fun ideas for lunchboxes we’ve made a face. Use whatever you have to hand to create a fun food face …

Fun food art Egg Face LunchBox

Recipe

– Boiled egg

– Olives (or peas/corn/carrot)

– Radish (or tomato/red capsicum)

Method

1. Slice a boiled egg in half.

Egg Face LunchB - 1 egg (1 of 1)

2. Add some olive eyes.

Egg Face LunchB - 2 eyes (1 of 1)

3. And a smiley, radish mouth.

Fun, healthy lunchbox food Egg Face

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Fun Corn Bracelet

Corn Bracelet

I know we all struggle with lunchboxes. They are relentless. Every weekday morning there they are again empty and waiting to be filled with inspiration. And, unfortunately time and ideas are not at a premium first thing!

I thought I’d do a series of super simple and fun lunchbox ideas. Yes they may take an extra minute or two to make but having what you put in appreciated and eaten is often worth the additional effort.

Cute food for kids Corn Bracelet

I have made these corn bracelets for my boys and they love them (despite being boys!). It’s a great one to get the mini chefs to make themselves too … What else could you thread?

Recipe

– Corn

Method

1. Thread a kernel of corn with a needle and thread.

Corn Bracelet - 1 thread (1 of 1)

2. Continue to thread on more corn.

Corn Bracelet - 2 build (1 of 1)

3. Tie it off.

Fun food art Corn Bracelet

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Fun 4th July Skewers

4th July Skewers

And here are some I prepared earlier!! Knowing I’d like to blog a plate for all my US friends on 4th July I was far more sensible this year and actually put something together when all the summer Northern Hemisphere fruits were in season down here.

Here are my fun food 4th July Skewers, perfect for a party or a dessert.

Healthy party food 4th July Skewers Fun food art 4th July Skewers

Recipe

– Watermelon

– Pineapple

– Strawberries

– Blueberries

Method

1. Cut cubes of watermelon and use them to create the “4”.

4th July Skewers - 1 watermelon (1 of 1)

2. Add the “th” with more strips.

4th July Skewers - 2 -th- (1 of 1)

3. Then overlay with pineapple.

4th July Skewers - 3 pineapple (1 of 1)

4. Followed by strawberries.

4th July Skewers - 4 strawberries (1 of 1)

5. Use skewers to pierce blueberries and then through the other fruits.

4th July Skewers - 5 blueberries (1 of 1)

6. Add more blueberries to the “th”.

4th July Skewers - 6 more blueberries (1 of 1)

7. The skewers are perfect for parties as everyone can grab one.

Cute foods for 4th July Skewers

8. Stars and blueberries for decoration complete the fun plate. Who could resist?

 

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Fun Cucumber Cupcakes

Cucumber Cupcakes

It’s often tricky to come up with a healthy option to take to a party or social gathering. I find that making things a little more exciting helps!

Here are my fun food Cucumber Cupcakes.

Cute healthy party food Cucumber Cupcakes

Recipe

– Cucumber (larger ones are better)

– Dips. I used hummus, white bean & cream cheese coloured with beetroot juice

– Cherry tomatoes

– Herbs to decorate

Method

1. Slice 3 large pieces of cucumber.

2. Add some detail around the sides if you wish (I scored with a sharp knife).
Cucumber Cupcakes - 2 detail (1 of 1)
3. Hollow out the centres.
Cucumber Cupcakes - 3 hollowed (1 of 1)
4. Fill with dips.
Cucumber Cupcakes - 4 filling (1 of 1)
5. Place cherry tomatoes on the top.
Cucumber Cupcakes - 5 cherries (1 of 1)
6. Sprinkle herbs.

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Fun Apple Shark

Apple Shark

Max wanted a shark. I managed half a one!

Here’s my fun food Apple Shark.        Fun food for picky kids Apple Shark

Recipe

– Red Apple

– Raisin (or blueberry)

– Flaked almonds/pepitas (or chopped fruit)

– Persimmon (or peach/apricot)

Method

1. Slice a head shape from the cheek of an apple.

Apple Shark - 1 mouth (1 of 1)

2. Cut a mouth.

Apple Shark - 2 mouth (1 of 1)

3. And some fins.

Apple Shark - 3 fins (1 of 1)

4. Add some eyes from the flesh of the apple.

Apple Shark - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. Then some teeth.

Apple Shark - 5 teeth (1 of 1)

6. Use raisins for the pupils.

Apple Shark - 6 pupils (1 of 1)

7. And sliced almonds for the sea floor.

Apple Shark - 7 sand (1 of 1)

8. Add pepitas to the almonds then cut some fish from persimmon.

Apple Shark - 8 fish (1 of 1)

9. Here he is, the big, bad shark …

Fun food art Apple Shark
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Fun Tomato Bird

Tomato Bird

I found two different colours of cherry tomatoes that I just had to use.

Here’s my fun food Tomato Bird.        Fun food art Tomato Bird

Recipe

– Cherry tomatoes

– Olive

– Celery

– Kale

– Cream cheese

Method

1. Use tomato for the head and the body.

Tomato Bird - 1 head & body (1 of 1)

2. Add the wings.

Tomato Bird - 2 wings (1 of 1)

3. Put on the tail.

Tomato Bird - 3 tail (1 of 1)

4. Cut out a triangle for the beak.

Tomato Bird - 4 beak (1 of 1)

5. Use a blob of cream cheese and a dot of olive for the eye.

Tomato Bird - 5 eye (1 of 1)

6. Cut a circle of orange tomato and some rays for the sun.

Tomato Bird - 6 sun (1 of 1)

7. Grab a stick of celery for the trunks and leaves of kale for the foliage.

Tomato Bird - 7 trees (1 of 1)

8. Slice celery for the grass and you’re ready to eat.

Cute food for kids Tomato Bird

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Fun Salad Ballerina

Salad Ballerina

I was making mini quiches in cup cases and suddenly thought the silver paper would be perfect as a tutu.
Here’s my Salad Ballerina.

Fun healthy party food Ballerina

Recipe

– Cup case holder

– Cucumber

– Celery

– Cabbage

– Radish

– Olive

Method

1. Cut the cup case in half and use for tutu.
Salad Ballerina - 1 patty case (1 of 1)
2. Add a bodice from cucumber.
Salad Ballerina - 2 top (1 of 1)
3. And some legs from celery.
Salad Ballerina - 3 legs (1 of 1)
4. Use the small end of the cucumber to create the head.
Salad Ballerina - 4 head (1 of 1)
5. Cabbage makes perfect arms.
Salad Ballerina - 5 arms (1 of 1)
6. Then cut cabbage for eyes, add olives for pupils and a radish mouth.
Salad Ballerina - 6 face (1 of 1)
7. Use olive to fashion a bun.
Salad Ballerina - 7 hair (1 of 1)
8. Then more radish for shoes.
Salad Ballerina - 8 shoes (1 of 1)
9. And for her stars!
Fun food art Salad Ballerina

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Fun Banana Palace

Banana Palace

We decided to build a fun food palace. Simple when you have bananas and strawberries!        Fun food art Banana Palace

Recipe

– Bananas

– Strawberries

– Kiwi fruit

– Sunflower seeds

Method

1. Start with a banana base for the palace.

Banana Palance - 1 base (1 of 1)

2. Add the start of the central towers.

Banana Palance - 2 middle (1 of 1)

3. Then a little extra (which I elongated later).

Banana Palance - 3 more (1 of 1)

4. Put on the side towers.

Banana Palance - 4 side towers (1 of 1)

5. Then the central tower.

Banana Palance - 5 Central tower (1 of 1)

6. Give the towers strawberry turrets.

Banana Palance - 6 tower tops (1 of 1)

7. Then windows and a door.

Banana Palance - 7 windows (1 of 1)

8. Some kiwi grass and sunflower gravel (or is it water?).

Banana Palance - 8 grass & pebbles (1 of 1)

9. Add a flag to finish.

Fun, healthy Banana Palace

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Fun Breakfast Wolf

Breakfast Wolf

We’re deep into winter now with some brrrrrrr mornings so something warm to start the day is lovely.

Joe loved this fun food Breakfast Wolf (Max had the non choc version).

Fun food art Oat Wolf

Recipe

– Porridge

– Banana

– Cacao (or cocoa powder)

– Blueberries

Method

1. Form the porridge into a head shape in a bowl, giving him a long snout.

Oat Wolf - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Sprinkle over the chocolate powder to give the colour and a little flavour too but without the sugar.

Oat Wolf - 2 colouring (1 of 1)

3. Add some banana ears.

Oat Wolf - 3 ears (1 of 1)

4. And eyes.

Oat Wolf - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. A large, frozen blueberry makes an excellent nose.

Oat Wolf - 5 nose (1 of 1)

6. And pupils.

Oat Wolf - 6 pupils (1 of 1)

7. More banana for whiskers finishes him off.

Creative breakfasts for kids Oat Wolf

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Fun Pear Hippo

Pear Hippo

Pears are just so “animal” shaped. They make excellent mice, bears, hedgehogs and now it appears hippos too.

Here’s my version of a fun food Pear Hippo.        Fun food art Pear Hippo

Recipe

– Brown pear

– Green pear

– Raisin (or blueberry)

Method

1. Slice the pear in half and use the fat bit for the body.

Pear Hippo - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Cut a head from the other half and balance on the body.

Pear Hippo - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. Add a little tail and some legs.

Pear Hippo - 3 feet & tail (1 of 1)

4. I cut him a wide mouth (which you can just see down the bottom).

Pear Hippo - 4 mouth (1 of 1)

5. Use pear flesh to create eyes and nostrils.

Pear Hippo - 5 eyes & nostrils (1 of 1)

6. Then place the raisin pupils.

Pear Hippo - 6 pupils (1 of 1)

7. The green pear gives him some sludge to wallow in.

Pear Hippo - 7 pear (1 of 1)

8. Add some green trees and we’re all set.

Sugar Free Snacks Pear Hippo

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Fun Cucumber Giraffe

Cucumber Giraffe

Making simple, cartoon-style animals from salad veg really is very easy and makes mealtimes super fun.

Here’s my fun food, Cucumber Giraffe.

Fun food art Cucumber Giraffe

Recipe

– Cucumber

– Yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Olive

– Carrot

Method

1. Cut a body shape from the side of the cucumber.

Cucumber Giraffe - 1 body  (1 of 1)

2. Add some legs.

Cucumber Giraffe - 2 legs (1 of 1)

3. And a long neck.

Cucumber Giraffe - 3 neck (1 of 1)

4. A little tail.

Cucumber Giraffe - 4 tail (1 of 1)

5. Then a head.

Cucumber Giraffe - 5 head (1 of 1)

6. Give her some hooves.

Cucumber Giraffe - 6 feet (1 of 1)

7. And a fluffy tail.

Cucumber Giraffe - 7 fluffy end (1 of 1)

8. Before adding ears and ossicones.

Cucumber Giraffe - 8 ears & ossiccones (1 of 1)

9. Use the inside of the cucumber for the eyes and nostrils.

Cucumber Giraffe - 9 eyes & nostrils (1 of 1)

10. And then the capsicum for the markings.

Cucumber Giraffe - 10 spots (1 of 1)

11. Slices of carrot make perfect grass.

Cucumber Giraffe - 11 grass (1 of 1)

12. And olives shiny, black pupils.

Fun healthy kids snacks Giraffe

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Fun Melon Dragon

Melon Dragon

My boys LOVE dragons. We have dragons of all shapes, sizes and media around the house. Check out Max with the Smaug he built from loombands.

Max Dragon - Finished (1 of 1)

 

Guess it was my turn to make a fun food Melon Dragon.

Fun food art Melon Dragon

Recipe

– Melon

– Apple

– Raisin (blueberry)

– Pepitas/pumpkin seeds

– Strawberry (could use the apple)

Method

1. Form a head.

Melon Dragon - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Add a body.

Melon Dragon - 2 body (1 of 1)

3. Then a tail.

Melon Dragon - 3 tail (1 of 1)

4. Cut little arms.

Melon Dragon - 4 arms (1 of 1)

5. And legs. I added the feet separately.

Melon Dragon - 5 legs (1 of 1)

6. I increased the height of his back (which will be covered by the wings).

Melon Dragon - 6 body (1 of 1)

7. The wings!

Melon Dragon - 7 wings (1 of 1)

8. Add some horns and ears.

Melon Dragon - 8 horns & ears (1 of 1)

9. And a triangle for the end of the tail.

Melon Dragon - 9 tail spike (1 of 1)

10. Cut apple spikes to put all along his back.

Melon Dragon - 10 spikes (1 of 1)

11. Use the flesh for his teeth.

Melon Dragon - 11 teeth (1 of 1)

12. And his eyes.

Melon Dragon - 12 eyes (1 of 1)

13. Raisins highlight his eyes and nostril.

Melon Dragon - 13 pupil & nostril (1 of 1)

14. Pepitas form the ground.

Melon Dragon - 14 pepitas (1 of 1)

15. A few strawberry flames and he’s done.

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Fun Pear Swans

Pear Swans

Wanted something simple!

Here are my fun food, Pear Swans.

Fun healthy kids snacks Pear Swans

Recipe

– Large pear

– Raisin

– Apricot

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. Slice the pear in half (to either side of the core) and use for the bodies after removing the cheeks.

Pear Swans - 1 bodies (1 of 1)

2. Cut long necks for each.

Pear Swans - 2 necks (1 of 1)

3. Add heads.

Pear Swans - 3 heads (1 of 1)

4. Then use the pear cheeks to create wings.

Pear Swans - 4 wings (1 of 1)

5. Raisins make the eyes and apricot the beaks.

Pear Swans - 5 eye & beak (1 of 1)

6. Sprinkle desiccated coconut for water and we’re done!

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Fun Tomato Scarecrow

Tomato Scarecrow

Our champion little tomato plants are still giving us cherry toms in winter!! Had to pay homage and do a plate using them.
Here’s my fun food Tomato Scarecrow.

Creative kids food Tomato Scarecrow
Recipe

– Cherry tomatoes

– Carrot

– Celery

– Radish

– Dill

– Avocado

– Olives

Method

1. Use a larger tomato for the body.

Tomato Scarecrow - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. And a smaller one for the head.

Tomato Scarecrow - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. Add a carrot pole.

Tomato Scarecrow - 3 pole (1 of 1)

4. And arms.

Tomato Scarecrow - 4 arms (1 of 1)

5. Make him a jaunty celery hat.

Tomato Scarecrow - 5 hat (1 of 1)

6. Use avocado and dill for the field and crops.

Tomato Scarecrow - 6 grass (1 of 1)

7. Cut a radish to make a big sun.

Tomato Scarecrow - 7 sun (1 of 1)

8. And there would be no need for a scarecrow without olive birds!

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Fun Persimmon Lobster

Persimmon Lobster

I love persimmons. I’d never had one until moving to NZ and now the start of winter always means a treat for me!!

Here is my fun food, Persimmon Lobster.

Creative healthy food Persimmon Lobster

Recipe

– Persimmon (or melon)

– Dark grapes (or raisins)

Method

1. Make some giant pincers.

Persimmon Lobster - 1 claws (1 of 1)

2. Add a head.

Persimmon Lobster - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. And a segmented body.

Persimmon Lobster - 3 segments (1 of 1)

4. A little chevron tail.

Persimmon Lobster - 4 tail (1 of 1)

5. Then join the pincers to the body.

Persimmon Lobster - 5 joins (1 of 1)

6. I realised the head was too small so enlarged it.

Persimmon Lobster - 6 bigger head (1 of 1)

7. Then gave her some legs.

Persimmon Lobster - 7 legs (1 of 1)

8. Some giant feelers and little antennae.

Persimmon Lobster - 8 antennae (1 of 1)

9. Add two eyes from grape.

Persimmon Lobster - 9 eyes (1 of 1)

10. All finished!

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Fun Dancing Ducks

Dancing Ducks

Last of the cheap cucumbers before we go into winter pricing so thought I’d make the most of them. My boys loved them!

Here are my fun food Dancing Ducks.

Fun food art Dancing Ducks

Recipe

– Cucumber

– Carrot

– Olives

Method

1. Slice three rings of cucumber to make the heads.

Dancing Ducks - 1 bodies (1 of 1)

2. Add a carrot beak.

Dancing Ducks - 2 beaks (1 of 1)

3. Then rings of olive for eyes.

Dancing Ducks - 3 eyes (1 of 1)

4. Use more cucumber for the body (indent to fit).

Dancing Ducks - 4 body (1 of 1)

5. Before adding some carrot legs/feet.

Dancing Ducks - 5 legs (1 of 1)

6. Do the same for the other ducks. Make them dance!

Dancing Ducks - 6 bodies (1 of 1)

7. Add some cucumber wings.

Dancing Ducks - 7 wings (1 of 1)

8. Then finish with notes made from cucumber.

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Fun Salad Skier

Salad Skier

We’re up in the mountains in the snow. Not skiing but no reason not to create one anyway!

Here’s my fun food, Salad Skier.

Creative winter food Salad Skier

Recipe

– Radish

– Carrot

– Red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Celery

– Cucumber

– Cottage cheese

– Dill

– Yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

Method

1. Cut the radish into a circle to form the head.

Salad Skier - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Create a body from carrot.

Salad Skier - 2 body  (1 of 1)

3. Then add an arm.

Salad Skier - 3 arm (1 of 1)

4. Give him a backside.

Salad Skier - 4 backside (1 of 1)

5. And some strong legs.

Salad Skier - 5 legs (1 of 1)

6. Use the outside of the radish for goggles and a smile.

Salad Skier - 6 goggles (1 of 1)

7. Then red capsicum for the hat and gloves.

Salad Skier - 7 hat & mittens (1 of 1)

8. Slice celery to make a ski.

Salad Skier - 8 ski (1 of 1)

9. And another one.

Salad Skier - 9 other ski (1 of 1)

10. Make him a ski pole.

Salad Skier - 10 ski pole (1 of 1)

11. Then add the cottage cheese snow.

Salad Skier - 11 snow (1 of 1)

12. Cucumber trees give him some obstacles!

Salad Skier - 12 trees  (1 of 1)

13. But they’re not complete without a bit of snow.

Salad Skier - 13 snow on trees (1 of 1)

14. Fresh dill makes the perfect bobble and scarf.

Salad Skier - 14 scarf & bobble (1 of 1)

15. All finished with a yellow capsicum sun.
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Fun Melon Cricket

Melon Cricket

This was a request for Emily’s son who will be 5 soon and loves cricket. As I had the melon it seems a shame not to use!

Here is a fabulous, fun food bowl taking out the wickets.

Fun healthy snacks cricket

Recipe

– Red apple

– Melon (I used rockmelon/canteloupe)

– Kiwi fruit

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. Cut a large ball from the apple cheek.

Fruit Cricket - 1 ball (1 of 1)

2. Then slice the melon to create a wicket around it.

Fruit Cricket - 2 wicket (1 of 1)

3. Add two more wickets.

Fruit Cricket - 3 wickets (1 of 1)

4. And some bails.

Fruit Cricket - 4 bails (1 of 1)

5. Some vibrant kiwi grass.

Fruit Cricket - 5 grass (1 of 1)

6. Then some wispy, white clouds.

Fruit Cricket - 6 clouds (1 of 1)

7. Or should the wickets be a little less asunder?

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Fun Radish Unicorn

Radish Unicorn

Now admittedly there is not a lot of pink or fairy themes in our household. However, unicorns are different. Who doesn’t love a magical beast with a giant skewer attached to its head!
Here’s my fun food Radish Unicorn.

Creative kids food unicorn

Recipe

– Radish

– Red cabbage

– Raisin (I used for the eye/nostril and then realised I should have used olive!!)

– Celery (for décor)

Method

1. Cut a face and mouth from the inside of a radish.

Radish Unicorn - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Slice the outside of a radish to form the horn.

Radish Unicorn - 2 horn (1 of 1)

3. Then cut some ears.

Radish Unicorn - 3 ears (1 of 1)

4. It’s hard to see but I made an eye from radish then added part of a raisin for the pupil and nostril.

Radish Unicorn - 4 eye-nostril (1 of 1)

5. Use red cabbage with thin cuts at one side to make the mane.

Radish Unicorn - 5 mane (1 of 1)
6. Then add a little hair brushed forwards.

Radish Unicorn - 6 hair (1 of 1)

7. As she’s a magical beast we needed stars cut from radish, cabbage and celery.

Radish Unicorn - 7 stars (1 of 1)

8. A little more magic – poof – finished.

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Fun Melon T-Rex

Melon T-Rex

I’ve made this plate for Josh, a very special 5 y.o. from Lancashire in the U.K. He requested a T-Rex from melon which I thought would be impossible at this time of the year. Then I was at the markets and what did I spy; so excited.

Then I tried to make the dinosaur. I have to admit this was one of the hardest things I’ve made in a long time. Comparative dimensions are everything!
So Josh, here’s your deceptively difficult, fun food Melon T-Rex.

Fun food Melon T-Rex

Recipe

– Melon (I used canteloupe/rockmelon)

– Apple

– Raisin (or dark coloured fruit)

Method

1. Use the end of the melon where there are less seeds. Cut a big head.

Melon T-Rex - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Add a body.

Melon T-Rex - 2 body (1 of 1)

3. Cover the join with a very thinly sliced piece of melon (oh it’s so forgiving).

Melon T-Rex - 3 neck (1 of 1)

4. Give him a big, curved tail.

Melon T-Rex - 4 tail (1 of 1)

5. And again cover the join.

Melon T-Rex - 5 tail cover (1 of 1)

6. Add some legs.

Melon T-Rex - 6 legs (1 of 1)

7. And clawed feet.

Melon T-Rex - 7 feet (1 of 1)

8. Make some little arms.

Melon T-Rex - 8 arms (1 of 1)

9. Then use triangles of apple for the teeth.

Melon T-Rex - 9 teeth (1 of 1)

10. And some big apple eyes.

Melon T-Rex - 10 eyes (1 of 1)

11. Use raisin for the pupil and nostril.

Melon T-Rex - 11 pupils  (1 of 1)

12. Ready to eat. But who’s eating who?

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Fun Kiwi Kiwi

Kiwi Kiwi

Lynley the Lunch Box Queen https://www.facebook.com/thelunchboxqueen requested a “great Kiwi”.

Not sure this is a “great” Kiwi but it is a Kiwi Kiwi!

Sugar free fun food Kiwi Kiwi

Recipe

– Kiwi fruit

– Brown pear (or apricot/peach)

– Pepitas (or other nuts/seeds)

– Raisin (or blueberry)

Method

1. Peel the kiwi fruit and slice in half.

Kiwi Kiwi - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Cut so it’s a little more “body” shaped.

Kiwi Kiwi - 2 shaping (1 of 1)

3. Add a head.

Kiwi Kiwi - 3 head (1 of 1)

4. Then some pear legs.

Kiwi Kiwi - 4 legs (1 of 1)

5. And a long, curved beak.

Kiwi Kiwi - 5 beak (1 of 1)

6. Give him a raisin eye.

Kiwi Kiwi - 6 eye (1 of 1)

7. Using pepitas for the ground.

Kiwi Kiwi - 7 ground (1 of 1)

8. Bit of décor and he’s ready to go.

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Small, Sustainable Steps

Small, Sustainable Steps

Smoothies not popsicles

In my world good health is achieved not via any diet but by following the SSS principle. Small, sustainable steps forward. I know in my house this has meant that as my knowledge about food, the body and what works best for us increases I have made little changes to our menu. Gone are some of the favourites but in their stead have come alternatives or just better options. All of our changes have happened gradually so they are a little less painful and easily sustainable.
We are working on this principle at the school. Providing options for those who already prefer a sugar/preservative free choice but also trying to introduce positive changes for everyone else.
At the annual X-country school competition we again offered our vegan sausages but this time had wholemeal rolls with a choice of grated carrot, shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes with home-made hummus and tomato ketchup as sauces. This provided a full meal for the students who took up the option. The response was fantastic with really great feedback from everyone who purchased one.

Healthy options at school sports days

For the next school sporting event we are discussing having the wholemeal rolls as standard and offering the salad items as optional. The PTA would still use the regular sausages but each child would be able to have a full lunch (as opposed to a slice of white bread and a sausage) should they choose. Having veggies normalised as an integral part of a BBQ is, in my mind, a great step forward.
Last sporting event we offered frozen smoothies. This time we set up a “smoothie bar” with a table of blenders offering either freshly whizzed fruit with yoghurt or with oat milk (as a non-dairy option). Using fresh bananas, apples and frozen strawberries made for an awesome mix and the students LOVED them. Even more exciting were the number of kids who had pre-booked a popsicle but decided they would prefer a smoothie. Obviously the hope is that the smoothies over time replace the popsicles entirely … and there is talk of this … and not coming from me either!!

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Fun Apple Pigs

Apple Pigs

When Joe realised I was taking special requests he was right in there with pigs (which he is fixated with at the moment).

Here are Joe and my fun food, Apple Pigs.
Fun food art apple pigs

Recipe

– Red apple

– Raisins

– Almonds (or other nuts/seeds or chopped fruit to make the ground)

Method

1. Cut an oval for the body.

Apple Pigs - 1 body-1

2. Add a circular head.

Apple Pigs - 2 head-1

3. And four legs with a triangle cut out of the end for the trotters.

Apple Pigs - 3 legs-1

4. Slice a semi-circle to make the head fit better then some ears.

Apple Pigs - 4 ears-1

5. Thinly cut a strip of apple skin to make the curly tail.

Apple Pigs - 5 tail-1

6. Then give him a partner with a funky red nose.

Apple Pigs - 6 second pig-1

7. Add some little raisin eyes.

Apple Pigs - 7 eyes & tail-1

8. And the curly tail.

Apple Pigs - 8 nostrils-1

9. A few flaked almonds for the ground.

Apple Pigs - 9 nuts-1

10. Done! Oink Oink …

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Fun Eye Health Kids

Eye Health Kids

The American Macular Degeneration Society www.macular.org is celebrating “Healthy Vision Month” in May and as part of this have an eye health blog party on the 14th #EatRightForYourSight. I was delighted to be asked to be a part of this and promote awareness of how food can be a part of preventing loss of eyesight.

I have not prepared a traditional recipe (not my area of excellence!) but have done a food art plate using all those vibrant orange veg that are great for beta-carotene, Vit A and anti-oxidants and leafy greens great for providing lutein and Vit K (and loads more!).

This plate is aimed more at kids but as we know being chock-full of veggies right from the start is definitely the way to go!

Fun food to promote good eye health

Recipe

– Carrot

– Spinach

– Kale

– Celery

– Orange Capsicum (bell pepper)

– Corn

– Peas

– Cucumber

– Red Capsicum (bell pepper)

Method

1. Slice carrot to make three heads.

Eye Health Kids - 1 heads (1 of 1)

2. Form a dress from spinach.

Eye Health Kids - 2 spinach dress (1 of 1)

3. And another from kale.

Eye Health Kids - 3 kale dress (1 of 1)

4. Use celery to give the girls some legs.

Eye Health Kids - 4 girls legs (1 of 1)

5. Add an orange capsicum outfit for the boy.

Eye Health Kids - 5 boys uniform (1 of 1)

6. Then celery legs and arms.

Eye Health Kids - 6 arms (1 of 1)

7. Give them all some orange capsicum shoes.

Eye Health Kids - 7 shoes (1 of 1)

8. Cut little carrot hands.

Eye Health Kids - 8 hands (1 of 1)

9. Add corn, kale and spinach hair (the spinach changed to peas).

Eye Health Kids - 9 hair (1 of 1)

10. Cut large, healthy eyes from cucumber (the hair changes to peas!).

Eye Health Kids - 10 eyes (1 of 1)

11. Give the boy a corn belt.

Eye Health Kids - 11 belt (1 of 1)

12. Cut a large red capsicum mouth for all the kids and some kale pupils.

Eye Health Kids - 13 new mouth (1 of 1)

13. Little bit of décor and all finished.

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Fun Carrot Train

Carrot Train

Chef Dom and his mum Claire love to cook healthy, veggie dense foods on their blog https://www.facebook.com/dominicskitchen

Dom was the first to respond to my “can I make something special for you?” and has requested a food art locomotive. So, here’s my fun food Carrot Train – hope you like it!

Fun Food Carrot Train

Recipe

– Carrots (large ones are easier to use!)

– Cucumber

– Celery

– Veg to fill the trucks – I used corn & radish

– Background – I used peas & broccoli

Method

1. Cut the large part of a carrot to form the engine.

Carrot Train - 1 engine (1 of 1)

2. Add an angled piece of carrot for the cow-catcher.

Carrot Train - 2 cow catcher (1 of 1)

3. Flatten off the top of the carrot.

Carrot Train - 3 flat top (1 of 1)

4. Add a cab at the back of the engine.

Carrot Train - 4 cab (1 of 1)

5. Then a funnel (I changed to celery later).

Carrot Train - 5 funnel (1 of 1)

6. Hollow out the side of the cab to form the window.

Carrot Train - 6 window (1 of 1)

7. Add two trucks from carrot cut into roughly rectangular shapes.

Carrot Train - 7 trucks (1 of 1)

8. Make hollows in the tops so they can be filled with veg.

Carrot Train - 8 hollowed out (1 of 1)

9. Slice cucumber to form the wheels.

Carrot Train - 9 wheels (1 of 1)

10. Then change the funnel to celery.

Carrot Train - 10 funnel (1 of 1)

11. Use more celery to fill in the window.

Carrot Train - 11 window (1 of 1)

12. And slices to make the chains joining the trucks.

Carrot Train - 12 joiners (1 of 1)

13. Stuff the trucks with veg.

Carrot Train - 13 fill trucks (1 of 1)

14. Create a back ground if you wish.

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Fun Pear Kea

Pear Kea

I created this fun food Pear Kea back in Nov but hadn’t posted step-by-step photos. As I have received a request for detailed instructions I thought I may as well disseminate to all!

It looks really complicated but actually it’s quite simple (if a little time consuming).

healthy party food Pear Kea

Recipe

– Green pear

– Brown pear

– Mandarin

– Raisin

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. I drew a rough outline of the bird then began to fill in the body with chopped, green pear.

Pear Kea - 1 outline (1 of 1)

2. Then added more.

Pear Kea - 2 start body (1 of 1)

3. And began the tail.

Pear Kea - 3 start tail (1 of 1)

4. Filling in the gaps.

Pear Kea - 4 fill in gaps (1 of 1)

5. Then started the larger tail feathers with brown pear.

Pear Kea - 5 tail (1 of 1)

6. Beginning the top wing with mandarin segments.

Pear Kea - 6 top wing (1 of 1)

7. Then the bottom wing.

Pear Kea - 7 bottom wing (1 of 1)

8. Slice the brown pear very thinly into curved strips to create the long, feathery wing tips.

Pear Kea - 8 bottom wing tips (1 of 1)

9. And do the same on all the wings.

Pear Kea - 9 top wing tips (1 of 1)

10. Add larger slices of pear to elongate the tail.

Pear Kea - 10 large tail feathers (1 of 1)

11. Use small pieces of pear flesh to create the white highlights.

Pear Kea - 11 detail (1 of 1)

12. And a beak.

Pear Kea - 12 beak (1 of 1)

13. Add a raisin eye and some pear feet.

Pear Kea - 13 eye (1 of 1)

14. Finishing with some desiccated coconut clouds.

Fun food art Pear Kea

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Fun Strawberry Rose

Strawberry Rose

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY.

Say it with a fun food Strawberry Rose.

Fun food Strawberry Rose

Recipe

– Strawberries

– Mint or other herb

Method

1. Hull the strawberries and then slice off each side and fashion into a flower shape.

Strawberry Rose - 1 strawberries (1 of 1)

2. Add another strawberry as the centre.

Strawberry Rose - 2 centre (1 of 1)

3. Then strip the leaves from a herb stem to make the stalk.

Strawberry Rose - 3 stalk (1 of 1)

4. Use mint for the leaves.

Strawberry Rose - 4 leaves (1 of 1)

5. A bit of decoration and it’s ready to serve to mum.

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Fun Capsicum Flowers

Capsicum Flowers

Mother’s Day tomorrow so we’re thinking flowers but of course ones you can eat are doubly good!!

Here are our fun food Capsicum Flowers.

Creative food Capsicum Flowers Mother's Day edible Flowers

Recipe

– Capsicum/bell pepper

– Herbs stalks (or thinly sliced celery)

– Spinach leaves

– Radish (carrot)

Method

1. Cut the capsicum to form petal shapes.

Capsicum Flowers - 1 petal (1 of 1)

2. Add two more to form a flower.

Capsicum Flowers - 2 3 petals (1 of 1)

3. And do the same for the other flower.

Capsicum Flowers - 3 all petals (1 of 1)

4. Strip some herbs of their leaves (I used coriander) to form the stems.

Capsicum Flowers - 4 stalks (1 of 1)

5. Add some spinach leaves (you can always use scissors to shape them).

Capsicum Flowers - 5 leaves (1 of 1)

6. Then if you like add some insects for “interest”!

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Fun Strawberry Flamingo

Strawberry Flamingo

Joe wanted to write this blog so I let him have a go (with a few subtle revisions!)

A fun, healthy snack our Strawberry Flamingo.

Healthy snacks Flamingo

Recipe

– Strawberries

– Apple

– Raisin

– Pumpkin seeds

– Mint leaves

Method

1. Arrange strawberries in a body shape.

Strawberry Flamingo - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Cut a neck from apple.

Strawberry Flamingo - 2 neck (1 of 1)

3. Then a long leg.

Strawberry Flamingo - 3 leg (1 of 1)

4. And a bent one.

Strawberry Flamingo - 4 other leg (1 of 1)

5. Add some flappy feet.

Strawberry Flamingo - 5 feet (1 of 1)

6. And a snake-like head.

Strawberry Flamingo - 6 head (1 of 1)

7. Give her a raisin eye.

Strawberry Flamingo - 7 eye (1 of 1)

8. Then a curved beak.

Strawberry Flamingo - 8 beak (1 of 1)

9. Chop some pepitas for the ground.

Strawberry Flamingo - 9 ground (1 of 1)

10. Add some raisins.

Strawberry Flamingo - 10 raisins (1 of 1)

11. Then some mint leaves.

Strawberry Flamingo - 11 mint (1 of 1)

12. Finished, fabulous flamingo!

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Fun Cucumber Cow

Cucumber Cow

Don’t ask why but I started making a series of cucumber animals and Joe just loves them .. which encourages me!

Here’s my Cucumber Cow.

Healthy fun snacks for kids Cow

Recipe

– Cucumber

– Olives

– Carrot

Method

1. Cut some cucumber slices to make a face and jaw.

Cucumber Cow - 1 Head (1 of 1)

2. Add olive nostrils.

Cucumber Cow - 2 nostrils (1 of 1)

3. Then some ears and horns.

Cucumber Cow - 3 ears  (1 of 1)

4. Give her some olive pupils.

Cucumber Cow - 3 ears & horns (1 of 1)

5. Followed by a cucumber body.

Cucumber Cow - 4 pupils (1 of 1)

6. And some legs.

Cucumber Cow - 6 legs (1 of 1)

7. A swishy tail.

Cucumber Cow - 7 tail (1 of 1)

8. Then finish with carrot “moos”.

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Fun Strawberry Fish

Strawberry Fish

Still getting late season strawberries – yum!!

Here are some simple, fun food Strawberry Fish.

Cute kids food Strawberry Fish

Recipe

– Strawberries

– Yoghurt

– Blueberries

– Mint

Method

1. Top a strawberry.

Strawberry Fish - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Then make into a diamond shape.

Strawberry Fish - 2 fish shape (1 of 1)

3. Add some fins.

Strawberry Fish - 3 fins (1 of 1)

4. And a tail.

Strawberry Fish - 4 tail (1 of 1)

5. Cut a mouth.

Strawberry Fish - 5 mouth (1 of 1)

6. Then add a yoghurt and blueberry eye.

Strawberry Fish - 6 eye (1 of 1)

7. Give her a friend.

Strawberry Fish - 7 two fish (1 of 1)

8. And some blueberry bubbles.

Strawberry Fish - 8 bubbles (1 of 1)

9. Use strawberries for the seabed.

Strawberry Fish - 9 seafloor (1 of 1)

10. Some chopped blueberries and mint leaves.

Strawberry Fish - 10 leaves (1 of 1)

11. Ready to eat!

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Fun Fairy Toadstools

Fairy Toadstools

Every now and again we have to seek out the magical!

Here is a simple little, fun food plate with some Fairy Toadstools …

Fun, healthy Fairy salad

Recipe

– Radishes

– Mushrooms

– Spinach/lettuce

– Cucumber

– Cherry Tomatoes

Method

1. Slice a radish in half then cut a stalk shape.

Fairy Toadstools - 1 toadstool (1 of 1)

2. Then use a sharp knife to carve out the spots.

Fairy Toadstools - 2 spots (1 of 1)

3. Add another toadstool.

Fairy Toadstools - 3 toadstools (1 of 1)

4. Use spinach leaves to create climbing ivy (I cut the leaves with scissors).

 

Fairy Toadstools - 4 ivy (1 of 1)

5. Saute some mushrooms for the ground.

Fairy Toadstools - 5 mushroom (1 of 1)

6. Slice cucumber and cut into flower shapes.

Fairy Toadstools - 6 flowers (1 of 1)

7. Make a butterfly from two cherry tomatoes sliced in half. Spinach stalks make perfect antennae.

Fairy Toadstools - 7 butterfly (1 of 1)

8. All ready to serve.

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Fun Apple Spider

Apple Spider

Apples are in season and grapes were on special. Perfect combo and such a great duo for creating a simple, fun food plate.
Here’s my cute Apple Spider.

Cute snacks for kids Apple Spider

Recipe

– Red apple

– Red grapes

– Blueberry (or raisin)

Method

1. Slice the apple in half (I usually core too) to make the body.

Apple Spider - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Use part of the apple cheek for the head.

Apple Spider - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. Then start adding the legs made from half grapes.

Apple Spider - 3 arms (1 of 1)

4. Until there are 8.

Apple Spider - 4 more arms (1 of 1)

5. Half a grape and half a blueberry make perfect eyes.

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Fun Autumn Leaves

Autumn Tree

Autumn is definitely here for us. The weather is starting to get colder, the leaves are falling from the trees and the days are shorter.

The boys and I put together a salad using all the autumnal colours (and a random bird!). Here’s our fun food, Autumn Tree.

Fun salad for kids Autumn Leaves

Recipe

– Celery

– Capsicum (bell pepper) orange, yellow and red

– Cucumber

– Olive

Method

1. Place celery in the shape of a tree trunk and branches.

Autumn Leaves - 1 trunk (1 of 1)

2. Then add an orange capsicum leaf.

Autumn Leaves - 2 orange leaf (1 of 1)

3. And a few more.

Autumn Leaves - 3 more orange (1 of 1)

4. Do the same with the yellow.

Autumn Leaves - 4 yellow leaves (1 of 1)

5. Then finely chop cucumber to make the grass.

Autumn Leaves - 5 cucumber (1 of 1)

6. Add some red leaves.

Autumn Leaves - 6 red leaves (1 of 1)

7. Then some fallen ones.

Autumn Leaves - 7 fallen leaves (1 of 1)

8. Finally the boys insisted I add an olive and capsicum bird (with cucumber eyes).

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Fun Banana Racing Cars

Banana Racing Cars

Simple, cute little, bite sized snack.

Here are my fun food Banana Cars.

Fun food art Racing cars

Recipe

– Blueberries (or other small, round berries)

– Banana

– Strawberry (or fruit of contrasting colour)

– Long thread desiccated coconut

– Chopped peanuts (or sunflower seeds)

Method

1. Cut a car body shape from banana.

Banana Cars - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Add the back wing.

Banana Cars - 2 wing (1 of 1)

3. Then some more cars.

Banana Cars - 3 more cars (1 of 1)

4. Give them all blueberry wheels.

Banana Cars - 4 wheels (1 of 1)

5. Use strawberry for the driver’s helmets.

Banana Cars - 5 driver (1 of 1)

6. And long thread coconut for the exhaust fumes.

Banana Cars - 6 exhaust (1 of 1)

7. Add some chopped peanuts for the race lanes.

Banana Cars - 7 peanuts (1 of 1)

8. And we’re ready to rumble …

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Fun Princess Crown

Princess Crown

As I have two boys I am admittedly a bit shy on the pink plates. However, every now and again one has to be done and (shhhh) the boys eat it just as enthusiastically.

Here’s my Princess Crown made from mash coloured with roasted beetroot juice. Any pureed white veg would work well. Would be perfect to let the mini chefs decorate their own version too!

Fun food art Princess Crown

Recipe

– Mash (or any pureed white veg coloured with beetroot juice)

– Mash (or white veg)

– Beetroot

– Corn (or other contrasting coloured veg)

Method

1. Form the shape of a crown.

Princess Crown - 1 crown (1 of 1)

2. Add some beetroot hearts and a border.

Princess Crown - 2 hearts (1 of 1)

3. Then some mash “diamonds”.

Princess Crown - 3 diamonds (1 of 1)

4. And some corn detail.

Princess Crown - 4 corn (1 of 1)

5. Put some beetroot stars on the spikes.

Princess Crown - 5 stars (1 of 1)

6. Then some hearts.

Princess Crown - 6 hearts (1 of 1)

7. Final details.

Princess Crown - 7 circles (1 of 1)

8. And a few flowers (rosemary) to finish.

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Fun Pancake Giraffe

Pancake Giraffe

School holidays so it’s good to spend time making some breakfasts!

Here is a simple, fun food, buckwheat Pancake Giraffe (made for Max with his predilection for peanut butter).

Fun food art Pancake Giraffe

 

Recipe

– Pancake (I used buckwheat)

– Banana

– Peanut butter (no sugar or additives)

– Raisins

Method

1. Make the pancake – I cooked in an egg ring to make the circular shape.

Pancake Giraffe - 1 pancake (1 of 1)

2. Add a banana neck.

Pancake Giraffe - 2 neck (1 of 1)

3. And some spindly legs.

Pancake Giraffe - 3 legs (1 of 1)

4. Then a tail.

Pancake Giraffe - 4 tail (1 of 1)

5. Before adding hooves and tail detail.

Pancake Giraffe - 5 feet & tail (1 of 1)

6. Banana makes a great head and ears.

Pancake Giraffe - 6 head & ears (1 of 1)

7. And ossicones.

Pancake Giraffe - 7 ossicones (1 of 1)

8. Then slim down her face a little.

Pancake Giraffe - 8 face shaping (1 of 1)

9. And add some raisin eyes and nostrils.

Pancake Giraffe - 9 eyes (1 of 1)

10. Using peanut butter for the unique patterns.

Pancake Giraffe - 10 PB (1 of 1)

11. And there she is ready to eat.

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Fun Watermelon Lighthouse

Watermelon Lighthouse

Still loving the watermelon! Here’s a funky, fun food Lighthouse.

Fun food for picky kids Watermelon Lighthouse

Recipe

– Watermelon

– Pear

– Blueberries

Method

1. Cut the watermelon to form the tower.

Watermelon Lighthouse - 1 Tower (1 of 1)

2. Add a slice of pear to the top.

Watermelon Lighthouse - 2 top (1 of 1)

3. Then a point in watermelon on top of that.

Watermelon Lighthouse - 3 point (1 of 1)

4. Make a balcony from more pear.

Watermelon Lighthouse - 4 balcony (1 of 1)

5. Then use the whiter inside flesh to create windows.

Watermelon Lighthouse - 5 windows (1 of 1)

6. And beams of light.

Watermelon Lighthouse - 6 light beams (1 of 1)

7. Blueberries make the perfect sea.

Watermelon Lighthouse - 7 sea (1 of 1)

8. And circling birds.

Watermelon Lighthouse - 8 birds (1 of 1)

9. Finished!

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Vegecational Video Ventures 13 – Peeling the Perfect Boiled Egg

Vegecational Video Ventures 13 – Peeling the Perfect Boiled Egg

I don’t know about you but I’ve spent ages being frustrated peeling boiled eggs only to lose half the white as it’s stuck to the shell. I did some research and discovered that “old” eggs boil and peel better than very fresh eggs. Now that’s all very well and good but as we have chickens they are always uber fresh.

Peel a boiled egg easily

This led me to some further research and some experimenting and I have the perfect method. It works every time and can be done with eggs retrieved from the chicken that morning …

If you’d like to see the video please click on the link (Max was filming so it’s a bit shaky!): http://youtu.be/Ob0hvyRXC-8

Method

1. Put the eggs in a medium sized pan of cold water.

2. Boil the water.

3. Cook eggs for 7-8 mins.

4. Turn the stove off and add a sprinkle of baking soda to the pan.

5. Transfer the pan to the sink.

6. Give the egg a knock all the way around to break the shell.

7. Run the egg under the cold tap (big side up).

8. Gently peel away the shell under the running water.

How to perfectly peel a boiled egg

9. Voila …. a perfectly peeled egg …

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Fun Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet

With the change in season we seem to have spiders everywhere – not a problem for us but Little Miss Muffet would not be so calm!

Here’s my fun food Little Miss Muffet.

Fun food art Little Miss Muffet

Recipe

– Pear (or apple)

– Kiwi fruit (or green apple)

– Mandarin

– Plum

– Sunflower seeds (or chopped nuts)

Method

1. Use mandarin segments to make LMM’s hair.

Little Miss Muffet - 1 hair (1 of 1)

2. Chop some pear for the trunk of the tree.

Little Miss Muffet - 2 tree (1 of 1)

3. Slice more pear for the branches.

Little Miss Muffet - 3 branches (1 of 1)

4. Then use Kiwi fruit for the leaves.

Little Miss Muffet - 4 leaves (1 of 1)

5. Make a rock from more pear.

Little Miss Muffet - 5 rock (1 of 1)

6. And a spider’s body from plum.

Little Miss Muffet - 6 spider (1 of 1)

7. Using more plum for the legs.

Little Miss Muffet - 7 legs (1 of 1)

8. Attaching him to the tree with a sunflower seed thread.

Little Miss Muffet - 8 thread (1 of 1)

9. Give LMM a face and body from pear.

Little Miss Muffet - 9 body (1 of 1)

10. And a face from plum.

Little Miss Muffet - 10 face (1 of 1)

11. Carve the rock a little.

Little Miss Muffet - 11 chop rock (1 of 1)

12. Then give her some pear arms.

Little Miss Muffet - 12 arms (1 of 1)

13. And some Kiwi grass.

Little Miss Muffet - 13 grass (1 of 1)

14. Mandarin legs for LMM and it’s ready to eat!

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Fun Salad Island

Salad Island

Whilst we’re still desperately holding onto our lovely Indian Summer we will celebrate with suitable food!

Here’s my fun food Salad Island, a lovely snack or addition to lunch.

Cute food for kids Salad Island

Recipe

– Corn

– Celery

– Avocado

– Cherry tomatoes

– Carrot

Method

1. Cut the corn off the cob to create the sand.

Salad Island - 1 sand (1 of 1)

2. Slice celery along the stem to make a trunk.

Salad Island - 2 trunk (1 of 1)

3. Carefully peel an avocado then cut for leaves.

Salad Island - 3 leaves (1 of 1)

4. Slice the leaves to form “fronds”.

Salad Island - 4 fronds (1 of 1)

5. Add cherry tomatoes for fruit.

Salad Island - 5 tomatoes (1 of 1)

6. Use carrot for a burning midday sun.

Salad Island - 6 sun (1 of 1)

7. But make the rays all the same length!

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Fun Decorated Eggs

Decorated Eggs

Instead of chocolate eggs why not decorate real eggs – and ones you can eat afterwards!

Here are some fun food Decorated Eggs. Go crazy and create your own …

No sugar Easter Eggs

Recipe

– Hard boiled egg

– Veggies to decorate – cucumber, orange & red capsicum (bell pepper), corn

Method

1. Slice the egg in half.

Decorated Eggs - 1 eggs (1 of 1)

2. Add some orange capsicum for detail.

Decorated Eggs - 2 orange capsicum (1 of 1)

3. Then some corn kernels.

Decorated Eggs - 3 corn (1 of 1)

4. Some little slices of cucumber.

Decorated Eggs - 4 cucumber (1 of 1)

5. And some discs of red capsicum.

Decorated Eggs - 5 capsicum (1 of 1)

6. Decorate the other side.

Decorated Eggs - 6 other decorated (1 of 1)

7. Add a few cucumber “eggs” around the edge and it’s done.

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Fun Watermelon Fish

Watermelon Fish

As its Good Friday I need to stick with tradition and plate a fish!

Here’s my fun food, Watermelon Fish.

Sugar free desserts Watermelon Fish

Recipe

– Watermelon (or other large fruit)

– Apple (or pear)

– Blueberry (or grape or raisin)

Method

1. Cut a “face-shaped” piece of watermelon (get creative!).

Watermelon Fish - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Add a body.

Watermelon Fish - 2 body (1 of 1)

3. Then a tail.

Watermelon Fish - 3 tail (1 of 1)

4. A large top fin.

Watermelon Fish - 4 Fin (1 of 1)

5. And some smaller bottom fins.

Watermelon Fish - 5 bottom fins (1 of 1)

6. Slice a piece of apple for the eye and add a blueberry pupil.

Watermelon Fish - 6 eye (1 of 1)

7. Then use a collection of smaller blueberries for the gill.

Watermelon Fish - 7 gill (1 of 1)

8. Add a few apple bubbles.

Watermelon Fish - 8 bubbles (1 of 1)

9. And she’s ready to serve.

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Fun Veggie Easter Egg

Veggie Easter Egg

Joe’s class were being rewarded with a shared lunch today. Given the time of year a fun food Giant Veggie Easter Egg was in order!

I made some hummus to use as a dip and also to anchor the veggies. The kids seemed very excited about eating it.

Fun food art Veggie Easter Egg

Then I added some extra hummus, some cottage cheese for dips and a pot of cocktail sticks.

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Vegecational Video Ventures 12 – Muesli Easter Eggs

Vegecational Video Ventures 12 – Muesli Easter Eggs

When Max was 4 he asked “how come everyone else gets to keep the eggs the Easter Bunny brings and I have to give mine back?” Valid point! Fortunately we were able to communicate with the Easter Bunny and ensure that instead of bringing chocolate eggs the following year he brought something that Max would like to eat.

Each year I make something special to be wrapped up and hidden on Easter Sunday morning. Max is well past the believing stage but who doesn’t like the thrill of the hunt? This year Joe is very sceptical but I know that come Sunday he will be delighted to rush around and try and beat Max to the most eggs.

Sugar free Easter Eggs

Last year I made “muesli eggs” from a muesli bar recipe and wrapped them in silver paper. They were a huge hit with my husband even trying to sneak them away from the boys. So this year I went with the “if it aint broke don’t fix it” theory and made a similar batch of wrapped eggs. I will then freeze so they stay fresh and are easy to take away on holiday with us.

Check out the video below. So simple and so effective and a great alternative to chocolate:
http://youtu.be/OVLTnIgDIFo

Recipe

– Favourite muesli bar

– Favourite wrapping

Method

1. Bake the muesli bar mix.

Muesli Bar Eggs - Mix (1 of 1)

2. Roll rough egg shapes.

Muesli Bar Eggs - Eggs (1 of 1)

3. Wrap.

Muesli Bar Eggs - Wrapped (1 of 1)

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Fun Pineapple Chick

Pineapple Chick

How about a lovely fresh piece of pineapple married with some end of season strawberries to create a super cute, fun food Pineapple Chick?

Joe loved this.

Fun food art Pineapple Chick

Recipe

– Fresh pineapple

– Strawberries

– Blueberries (or grapes or raisins)

Method

1. Use a circle of pineapple.

Pineapple Chick - 1 pineapple (1 of 1)

2. Cut the top from a strawberry then slice down the centre for the beak.

Pineapple Chick - 2 beak (1 of 1)

3. Add two large blueberries for eyes.

Pineapple Chick - 3 eyes (1 of 1)

4. Then cut two large strawberries to form feet.

Pineapple Chick - 4 feet (1 of 1)

5. A triangle of pineapple feathered at the top finishes the simple, Easter chick.

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Fun Salad Nest

Salad Nest

The boys and I were sharing lunch so we went for an Easter-ish theme!!

Here’s our Salad Nest, perfect with some coleslaw, fresh corn and home-made mayonnaise.

Real eggs for Easter Salad Nest

Recipe

– Lettuce (or any greens)

– Spinach

– Carrot

– Basil (or other herb)

– Boiled eggs

Method

1. Cut the lettuce and spinach into strips and form into a nest shape.

Salad Nest - 1 lettuce (1 of 1)

2. Use a grater or sharp knife to cut strips of carrot.

Salad Nest - 2 carrot (1 of 1)

3. Add additional lettuce/spinach.

Salad Nest - 3 spinach (1 of 1)

4. Then some peeled, boiled eggs.

Salad Nest - 4 Eggs (1 of 1)

5. Place some herbs around the side.

Salad Nest - 5 Basil (1 of 1)

6. And it’s ready to eat.

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Fun Pear Chick

Pear Chick

I saw a chick hiding in a pear and given that we’re getting so close to Easter .. here’s a lovely, simple, fun food Pear Chick.

Cute healthy food for Easter Pear Chick

Recipe

– Pear

– Blueberries/raisins

– Mandarin/apricot

– Strawberry/red apple

Method

1. Find a “chick shaped” pear!

Pear Chick - 1 pear (1 of 1)

2. Score a line around to form the head.

Pear Chick - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. Dig out some eye sockets.

Pear Chick - 3 eye sockets (1 of 1)

4. Then place half blueberries inside for pupils.

Pear Chick - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

5. Add a slice of mandarin for the beak.

Pear Chick - 5 beak (1 of 1)

6. Before scoring some wings into the pear flesh.

Pear Chick - 6 wings (1 of 1)

7. I used some more mandarin to make the feet but then swapped for strawberry.

Pear Chick - 7 feet (1 of 1)

8. Give him a bright red strawberry comb.

Pear Chick - 8 comb (1 of 1)

9. And that’s him finished …

Sugar free snacks Pear Chick

10. Or should he have red feet?

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Dips and Madness at the School

Dips and Madness at the School

The parents at my boys’ school run informal sessions at lunchtime on a variety of topics to entertain and educate the students. I love getting involved and promoting healthy food so decided to put together a lunchtime dip and crudites experience.

Cooking healthy food at school

(Me at the hummus station getting the savoury crudites stuff ready).

I had to be very careful with ingredients due to allergies so spent time crafting recipes that were tasty but did not contain common allergens and of course that were still healthy.

I created two savoury and two sweet dips. The savoury dips to be served with celery, carrot and cucumber batons and the sweet with apple and pear slices. The students would be peeling and chopping the fruit and veggies and doing all the measuring, cutting and food processing required to create the dips.

We had four food processors set up to make hummus, pesto (more of a pistou), cookie dough dip and a chocolate dip. None of them used dairy, nuts, sugar or honey (and actually no chocolate – cocoa powder instead).

A fabulous group of parents offered to help and manned the dip stations armed with a food processor, ingredients and a recipe. More adults were stationed at the crudites chopping stations and made sure only the fruit and veggies succumbed to the knives! One more on hand washing duty (at both ends of the session) and coordinating and we were ready. Or we thought we were until we were faced with over 150 students across the two lunchtimes.

Low allergen dips

(The students making a chick pea “cookie dough” recipe).

It was totally mad but absolutely fabulous and the students LOVED chopping, measuring and making their own dips and dippers. There were no accidents but lots of tasting and questions.

The feedback from the parents and students has been excellent with many making the dips again at home and lots surprised that you can make something super tasty using very basic ingredients …

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Fun Carrot Bunnies

Carrot Bunnies

I discovered some Easter Bunnies hiding in the flower pots. Luckily the soil is edible as are the bunnies!

Fun food Carrot Bunnies in dip ..

Fun food for kids Easter Bunny

Recipe

– Flower pots (I used mini ones from the garden centre!)

– Dip

– Carrot

– Olives

– Herbs for decoration

Method

1. Cover the hole at the bottom of the pot and fill with dip (I used hummus).

Carrot Bunnies - Flower Pots (1 of 1)

2. Cut a head and ears from carrot.

Carrot Bunnies - 2 bunny heads (1 of 1)

3. Add some little carrot paws.

Carrot Bunnies - 3 bunny paws (1 of 1)

4. Then give her some friends.

Carrot Bunnies - 3 bunnies (1 of 1)

5. Use little bits of olive for eyes.

Carrot Bunnies - 4 eyes (1 of 1)

6. A bit of greenery and we’re ready!

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Fun Avo-Copter

Avo-Copter

Avocados are still everywhere so we’re making the most of the bounty. It’s a great way to jazz up a salad and make it more creamy and filling.

Here’s my simple, fun food Avo-Copter.

Fun healthy kids snacks Helicopter

Recipe

– Avocado

– Carrot

– Celery

– Red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Rice, cauliflower or couscous

Method

1. Peel the avocado and cut in half.

Avo-Opter - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Slice some carrot to make the housing for the blades.

Avo-Opter - 2 propellor attachment (1 of 1)

3. Then use more carrot for the blades themselves.

Avo-Opter - 3 blades (1 of 1)

4. Add a tail outline from celery.

Avo-Opter - 4 tail (1 of 1)

5. Using more celery for the detail.

Avo-Opter - 5 struts (1 of 1)

6. Some bigger chunks make the propellor.

Avo-Opter - 6 propellor (1 of 1)

7. Then back to carrot for the skis.

Avo-Opter - 7 skis (1 of 1)

8. Use some capsicum for the windows.

Avo-Opter - 8 windows (1 of 1)

9. Before finishing with some fluffy, rice clouds.

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Fun Melon Teddy

Melon Teddy

We’re making the most of our short but bountiful melon season!

Here’s a simple but irresistible fun food, Melon Teddy.

Sugar free party food teddy bear

Recipe

– Watermelon (easier with a whole or half)

– Blueberries or raisins

Method

1. Cut a round body (I used a saucer as a template).

Melon Teddy - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. And a smaller circle for his head.

Melon Teddy - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. Then some ears.

Melon Teddy - 3 ears (1 of 1)

4. Some round feet.

Melon Teddy - 4 feet (1 of 1)

5. And little, round hands.

Melon Teddy - 5 hands (1 of 1)

6. Blueberries make perfect eyes and nose.

Melon Teddy - 6 face (1 of 1)

7. Then slice some for the mouth and attach to nose.

Melon Teddy - 7 mouth (1 of 1)

8. Give him some blueberry toes.

Fun food for picky kids teddy bear

9. And he’s ready to eat!

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Fun Giant Salad Flower

Giant Salad Flower

I’ve had this design in my head for a while just bursting to come out, then finally an opportunity. A friend had invited us to a bring a plate BBQ so crudites and dip seemed perfect.

Here’s my fun food, Giant Salad Flower.

Fun food Art Flower platter

Recipe

– Cucumber

– Cherry tomatoes

– Celery

– Carrot

– Radish

– Dip (I used hummus)

Method

1. Slice the cucumber into discs then arrange in a circle with a hollow centre.

Giant Flower - 1 cucumber (1 of 1)

2. Then add another layer on top.

Giant Flower - 2 second row (1 of 1)

3. Use pieces cut in half to fill in the gaps.

Giant Flower - 3 half cucumber row (1 of 1)

4. And fill the centre with cherry tomatoes (slice the ends off so they don’t roll).

Giant Flower - 4 tomatoes (1 of 1)

5. I realized that I needed more room so shifted it up.

Giant Flower - 5 moved (1 of 1)

6. Create grass from batons of carrot.

Giant Flower - 6 carrot grass (1 of 1)

7. Then stems from sticks of celery.

Giant Flower - 7 stems (1 of 1)

8. Sliced radishes made thorns/buds/leaves??

Giant Flower - 8 tomato (1 of 1)

9. I happened to have a cake mould in the shape of a butterfly so used it for a dip holder.

Giant Flower - 9 butterfly (1 of 1)

10. A bit of detail on the butterfly and it’s ready to eat.

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Fun Watermelon Boat

Watermelon Boat

We’re having the most amazing Indian Summer so are still dreaming of beaches, boats and of course stuffing ourselves full of watermelon!

Here’s my simple, fun food, Watermelon Boat.

Cute food for kids Watermelon Boat

Recipe

– Watermelon

– Banana

– Blueberries

– Orange

Method

1. Cut a triangle sail.

Watermelon Boat - 1 Sail (1 of 1)

2. Add a slice of banana for the hull.

Watermelon Boat - 2 banana (1 of 1)

3. And a banana mast.

Watermelon Boat - 3 mast (1 of 1)

4. Pile on some blueberries for the sea.

Watermelon Boat - 4 sea (1 of 1)

5. With a shining orange sun.

Watermelon Boat - 5 sun (1 of 1)

6. And some blueberry birds ….

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Falafel at the School Fete

Falafel at the School Fete

The PTA asked me to coordinate a falafel stand at the annual fete and I was delighted to be charged with the task. 200 chick pea burgers later I was not quite so bubbly but very excited to see how popular they were and how people enjoyed them.

Healthy Food at School

We served the falafels on a wholemeal bun with sides of shredded lettuce, carrot and diced tomatoes. For a gluten free option we had bowls so the falafels could be piled with salad.

To jazz it all up I made a big batch of home-made hummus, some raita, a garlic sauce and a refined sugar-free sweet chilli sauce. The chilli sauce was very popular and despite being really spicy was applied liberally to many burgers. In fact all the sauces disappeared and I had very little to cart home.

Healthy Food School Fair

What a satisfying day serving some good wholesome food that was delicious, healthy and well received. Next year we’d like to team this with some fresh fruit smoothies made to order!

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Fun Basketball/Netball Blueberries

Basketball/Netball Blueberries

Who would have thought that blueberries would be good at sport? But it’s true, they are fabulous.

Here’s my fun food, Blueberry Basketball or Netball player.

Fun food Art Basketball Blueberry

Recipe
– Sunflower Seeds

– Yoghurt – or cream cheese/coconut cream

– Blueberries

– Strawberry – or other brightly coloured fruit

– Pepitas

Method

1. Make a stand from sunflower seeds.

Basketball - 1 stand (1 of 1)

2. Add a rim from sunflower seeds and add a yoghurt net.

Basketball - 2 net (1 of 1)

3. Make a person from blueberries.

Basketball - 3 player (1 of 1)

4. And a ball from the top of a strawberry.

Basketball - 4 ball (1 of 1)

5. Some pepitas for the ground and the netball is complete!

Fun food art netball fruit

6. Or add a backboard for basketball.

Cute food ideas Basketball Blueberry

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Vegecational Video Ventures 11 – Watermelon Cakes

Vegecational Video Ventures 11 – Watermelon Cakes
A Watermelon Cake was my first foray into fun food and so has a place very close to my heart. Using watermelon as the layers for a “cake” just works perfectly and as it’s sweet, juicy and keeps well it’s perfect for parties. In fact one of my favourite party activities is getting people to create their own “cake”.

Here Joe shows us on video how to put together a fancy petit four style number. Who could resist?
http://youtu.be/4TZkAf2RzjU

Fun food art petit four cakes

You could of course make large slices with fruit fillings. Follow the link for step-by-step photo instructions:

http://theartofnutrition.com/?p=212

Fun food art watermelon cake
Or go to the Healthy Food Guide for the mini cakes:

http://theartofnutrition.com/?p=2359

Sugar free Watermelon Cup Cakes

And of course there is always a whole cake!:

http://theartofnutrition.com/?p=2640

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Fun Food Fruit Rainbow

Fruit Rainbow

All the glorious, vibrant, summer fruit available at this time of the year makes me want to create multi-coloured plates – and what better than a rainbow for showcasing this!

Here’s my fun food, Fruit Rainbow perfect for a party or a morning tea.

Healthy party food Fruit Rainbow

Recipe

Use any fruit you have to hand. The more diverse the colours the better!

– Blueberries

– Plums

– Mandarin

– Green Pear

– Pineapple

– Watermelon

– Yoghurt (or coconut cream or desiccated coconut)

Method

1. Usually I would lightly draw an outline to follow to create something like this. Feeling confident I made this one free-hand but did make some adjustments to the curve of the rainbow and the length of the arches as I went along .
Firstly make an arch from blueberries.

Fruit Rainbow - 1 blueberrries (1 of 1)

2. Add some chopped plum.

Fruit Rainbow - 2 plum (1 of 1)

3. Then some mandarin segments.

Fruit Rainbow - 3 mandarin (1 of 1)

4. And pear chopped into pieces.

Fruit Rainbow - 4 pear (1 of 1)

5. With fresh pineapple cut into triangles.

Fruit Rainbow - 5 pineapple (1 of 1)

6. Then topped with chunks of watermelon.

Fruit Rainbow - 6 watermelon (1 of 1)

7. Finish with fluffy yoghurt clouds perfect as a dip.

Fruit Rainbow - 7 clouds (1 of 1)

8. Vibrant and packed with all the goodies …

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Fun Carrot Teddies

Carrot Teddies

A quick, crunchy, cute, fun food snack guaranteed to make the little ones smile!

Healthy snacks Carrot Teddy Bears

Recipe

– Carrots (preferably big) or kumara/sweet potato

– Cucumber or capsicum/radish/celery

– Corn or other veg cut into circle

– Cherry tomatoes or capsicum

Method

1. I used a teddy bear cookie cutter as a template. You could draw/copy and use a paper template instead.

Carrot Teddies - 1 carrot cutter (1 of 1)

2. I sliced around it with a sharp knife to make the teddy shape.

Carrot Teddies - 2 teddy (1 of 1)

3. Then gave him some friends.

Carrot Teddies - 3 teddies (1 of 1)

4. And some ground cut from cucumber.

Carrot Teddies - 4 cucumber (1 of 1)

5. Then corn eyes and a cucumber skin nose.

Carrot Teddies - 5 eyes & nose (1 of 1)

6. With cherry tomato tummies.

Carrot Teddies - 6 tummies (1 of 1)

7. And a lovely, big, cucumber sun.

Carrot Teddies - 7 sun (1 of 1)

8. You could always give them a puddle/pool of dip to jump into ….

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Fun Watermelon Toadstools

Watermelon Toadstools

Watermelon is in season – YEAH! We love the taste and it’s so good to use for designing – although in NZ it seems very light in colour comparative to that found elsewhere.

Here are my fun food, Watermelon Toadstools.

Fun food art Watermelon Toadstools

Recipe

– Watermelon

– Green pear

Method

1. Cut toadstool caps from the watermelon.

Watermelon Toadstools - 1 caps (1 of 1)

2. And add some spots from pear.

Watermelon Toadstools - 2 spots (1 of 1)

3. Then some stems.

Watermelon Toadstools - 3 stems (1 of 1)

4. And finish with a little pear foliage.

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Fun Salad Spaceship

Salad Spaceship

Simple salad plates served with a bowl of dip are always inhaled in our house. This fun food, salad spaceship took minutes to make and of course even less time to eat!

Creative, healthy food Salad Spaceship

Both my boys have always eaten radish but it’s never been a favourite. I’m a firm believer that tastes change (for all of us not just the mini-chefs) so I keep offering things even if they’re not top pick. This summer both of them suddenly love radishes and actively ask for them in their lunchboxes!?

Recipe

– Celery (or cucumber)

– Radish (or cucumber/carrot cut thinly)

– Cucumber (or other contrasting coloured veg)

– Tomato (or avocado)

– Carrot (other veg that can be cut effectively)

Method

1. Slice 3 legs from celery and a base from radish.

Salad Spaceship - 1 base (1 of 1)

2. Then balance the radish on the celery. I used a cocktail stick in the back celery baton for better balance.

Salad Spaceship - 2 base complete (1 of 1)

3. Cut circles from the outside of a cucumber for the detail on the “saucer”.

Salad Spaceship - 3 detail (1 of 1)

4. Use half a tomato for the top of the spaceship.

Salad Spaceship - 4 tomato (1 of 1)

5. Then cut carrot (I used a small cookie cutter) for star shaped detail around the edge of the plate.

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Vegecational Video Ventures 10 – Home-made Apple Chutney

Home-made Apple Chutney

We are a very “un-sweet” family. Sugar has never been part of the pantry staples although we do eat a lot of natural sugars via fruit. When we were in the UK visiting my parents my Dad had made some apple chutney. We all loved it. It’s the perfect sweet, spicy, savoury accompaniment to cheese, meat or salads. Although it’s full of sugars via the dried fruit there is no other sweetener. It is a lovely, treat addition to a meal and Joe and I make a big batch that we bottle and store.

How to make Apple Chutney video

The recipe is very flexible so you can chop and change ingredients and use more or less of anything without doing the end result any harm!

Check out Joe and I making a batch on video:

http://youtu.be/MCFxyaFmZPc

Recipe (this is for a large batch)

– 600g apples diced (tart apples are best – and if they are battered no problem!)

– 600g sultanas (or raisins/currants/mixed fruit)

– 600g chopped dates (or apricots)

– Salt. A sprinkle.

– 1 tsp black pepper

– 1 heaped tsp nutmeg

– ½ tsp allspice

– 1 tsp chilli powder (or fresh chilly chopped)

– 4 tsp chopped fresh ginger

– 4 tsp mustard powder

– 3 tsp coriander powder

– Vinegar (malt or Apple Cider Vinegar) – add enough to soak the fruit

Method

1. Chop the apples up very finely.

2. Add everything to a mixing bowl and combine really well.

Apple Chutney - 2 Joe (1 of 1)

3. Add vinegar until the fruit is soaked.

4. Cover the bowl and stir every hour for 24 hours (whilst you’re awake!)

5. The chutney will be very sticky when done.

Home-made Apple Chutney

6. Spoon into sterilised jars and place in the fridge until needed.

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Fun Propeller Plane

Propeller Plane

More lovely, seasonal fruit. Pears and canteloupe/rock melon. Ahhh, melons are a designers dream!!
This fun food, Propeller Plane is the perfect after school snack or share for a play date.

Cute food ideas Propeller Plane

 

Recipe

– Green pear or apple

– Canteloupe/rockmelon or honeydew

– Plum or apple

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. Cut a body shape for the plane from the pear.

Propellor Plane - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Then add the pear fuselage.

Propellor Plane - 2 fuselage (1 of 1)

3. Use melon for the wings.

Propellor Plane - 3 wings (1 of 1)

4. I had a small melon so needed to extend the wings a bit.

Propellor Plane - 4 wing tips (1 of 1)

5. Then the tail.

Propellor Plane - 5 tail (1 of 1)

6. And a pear propeller.

Propellor Plane - 6 propellor (1 of 1)

7. Slice the outside of the plum for the wing detail.

Propellor Plane - 7 wing detail (1 of 1)

8. Then use more for the cockpit.

Propellor Plane - 8 cockpit (1 of 1)

9. A few desiccated coconut clouds and you’re ready to fly …

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Fun Pear Panda

Pear Panda

Pears and plums are in season at the moment so it would be a crime not to use them – especially as the boys love both.

Here’s my fun food Pear Panda.

Fun food for picky kids Pear Panda

Recipe

– Green pear

– Plum (dark skinned)

– Rosemary

Method

1. Cut a face shape from the cheek of the pear.

Pear Panda - 1 head (1 of 1)

2. Slice ears from the plum.

Pear Panda - 2 ears (1 of 1)

3. Then some eyes.

Pear Panda - 3 eyes (1 of 1)

4. Before adding a nose and mouth.

Pear Panda - 4 mouth & nose (1 of 1)

5. Use more pear for the body.

Pear Panda - 5 body (1 of 1)

6. Then some plum arms.

Pear Panda - 6 arms (1 of 1)

7. And the outside of the pear cut into strips for the grass.

Pear Panda - 7 grass (1 of 1)

8. Give him some irises from pear then use rosemary sprigs for the background.

Fun, healthy Pear Panda

9. Some plum pupils and we’re done.

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Simple Platters

Simple Platters

Last night we had the annual meet the teacher shared dinner at the school. Finger foods aimed at adults and children so I did my traditional “veggie sandwiches” and a simple fruit platter. So easy to put together and visually appealing – although I reckon I did a better job last year ….

Veggie Sandwiches healthy party food

 

Veggie Sandwiches

Great plate for any occasion as you can use whatever you have to hand. I did a combo of just veggies and those with a cheese filling. I also used some home-made apple chutney to stuff the celery batons. Using cookie cutters gives the veggies shape but circles, triangles and squares cut by hand work just as well.

Veggie Platter healthy party food

The plate was cleared pretty quickly so that was a good sign!

Fruit Platter

I had very limited time so just quickly cut some shapes and arranged the fruit on the plate. Bite sized pieces always appeal!

Simple Fruit Platter party food

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Vegecational Video Ventures 9 – Home-made Baked Beans

Vegecational Video Ventures 9 – Home-made Baked Beans

We have started making home-made baked beans. They are simple and economical to make, taste fantastic and contain none of the additives of many of the canned versions. I was shocked to pick up a can in the supermarket out of interest and find it contained 24% sugar. That’s a quarter of the can that’s sugar – WOW.

This time I used white beans (haricot/Cannelini/Berlotti) but I have since found that pinto work the best. They are smaller and so absorb more of the sauce. I buy the dry ones and soak overnight but if you’re short of time canned beans would work too.

Baked Beans home-made video

Check out the video of the boys tasting for the first time …
http://youtu.be/RRuqLurQlAs

Recipe

– Large red onion diced

– Approx. 600g beans (Pinto work best)

– 400g tinned tomatoes (or equivalent fresh)

– 1 ½ tbsp. soy sauce

– 250ml veggie stock (or chicken stock)

– 2 tbsp ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar)

– 1 tsp honey (I very rarely use sweetener but it does help balance the acidity)

– 2 tsp ground cumin

– 1tsp Dijon mustard (or similar mild mustard)

– 2 tsp smoked paprika

– 2 tsp garlic powder

Method

1. Sautee the onion until soft and a little brown.

2. Add all the other ingredients and stir well.

3.Bring to simmer and then cook for a few hours. It actually tastes better the following day as the flavours have infused!

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Fun Emperor Penguin

Emperor Penguin

I love eggplant/aubergine. I didn’t always, in fact it’s only been the last 10 years I’ve been able to embrace it. The boys have slowly come round to eating it with pleasure and my lovely husband finally ate some and enjoyed it for the first time only 2 weeks ago – YES!!

Goes to prove that trying foods over and over again is important, even for us big folks and maybe using different methods of cooking something can be the key.

Here’s my much enjoyed fun food Emperor Penguin …

Fun food for picky eaters penguin

Recipe

– Eggplant/aubergine

– Mash (or pureed white veg)

– Pumpkin or sweet potato

– Cottage cheese/ricotta/feta

– Oat bran/cauliflower

Method

1. Form a body shape from the cooked eggplant (I roasted in large chunks).

Emperor Pengiun - 1 Body (1 of 1)

2. Make a beak.

Emperor Pengiun - 2 beak (1 of 1)

3. And a tail.

Emperor Pengiun - 3 tail (1 of 1)

4. Use the mash to make a belly.

Emperor Pengiun - 4 potato (1 of 1)

5. Then more eggplant for the wing and foot.

Emperor Pengiun - 5 foot (1 of 1)

6. The pumpkin makes great colour highlights.

Emperor Pengiun - 6 orange (1 of 1)

7. And mash and a tiny bit of eggplant form the eye.

Emperor Pengiun - 7 eye (1 of 1)

8. Cottage cheese made perfect snow.

Emperor Pengiun - 8 snow (1 of 1)

9. And the egg. Daddy penguins rock at babysitting!!

Emperor Pengiun - 9 egg (1 of 1)

10. Bit of oat bran or grated cauliflower makes magic, falling snow.

Fun food art Emperor Penguin

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Fun Valentines Veggie Bouquet

Valentines Veggie Bouquet

Happy Valentines Day. We are saying it with heart shaped flowers, well veggies … Boys have dip at the ready ….

Fun food art Valentines bouquet

Recipe

– Glass

– Base (I used kumara/sweet potato but cabbage/potato/cucumber)

– Veggie skewer – capsicum, cucumber, radish, daikon, carrot

– Kale for the base

– Beans for leaves

Method

1. Put a block of kumara/sweet potato in the glass and add a skewer.

Valentines Veggie Bouquet - 1 base (1 of 1)

2. Cut the veggies into heart shapes and add to the skewer.

Valentines Veggie Bouquet - 2 skewer (1 of 1)

3. Add more.

Valentines Veggie Bouquet - 3 more skewers (1 of 1)

4. Put in green beans for foliage.

Valentines Veggie Bouquet - 4 beans (1 of 1)

5. Use green leafy veg to cover the base.

Valentines Veggie Bouquet

6. A lovely Valentine gift …

Fun food for picky kids edible flowers

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Fun Sushi Hearts

Sushi Hearts

Am I a proficient sushi maker – no! It’s not something I do regularly and so I apologise in advance to all those who can make perfect little rice packages. I also used brown rice as that’s what I had available. However, I was able to make simple, fun food, Sushi Hearts using a tea towel to roll them and they tasted great!

Fun food art Sushi Hearts

Recipe

– Sushi (home or pre-made)

– Daikon also called Chinese/Japanese radish (or radish or capsicum)

– Cucumber (or carrot or capsicum)

Method

1. Make the sushi heart by gently squeezing the bottom to form more of a point and pushing into the centre at the top to create the classic, heart shape.

Sushi Hearts - 1 sushi (1 of 1)

2. Add two more sushi.

Sushi Hearts - 2 3 sushi (1 of 1)

3. Then cut daikon and cucumber into heart shapes to complement the sushi.

Sushi Hearts - 3 hearts  (1 of 1)

4. A few grains of rice around the edge and it’s a pretty Valentines plate.

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Fun Strawberry Pops

Strawberry Pops

I was lucky to find a huge pot of delicious looking strawberries. Although the boys would normally slam dunk them as is with delight I thought I would jazz them up for a change. I went for an ice cream type topping deal. I reckon this would rock at a party!

Strawberry Pops fun, healthy party food

Check out the boys testing for the first time:
http://youtu.be/8Qx18SFZQFU

There’s always a bit of reservation on video. There was no such restraint at dinner ..

Recipe

– Strawberries

– Popsicle (lolly) sticks

– Yoghurt (or coconut cream)

– Toppings: chopped peanuts, flaked almonds, currants, desiccated coconut

Method

1. Wash and hull the strawberries then insert a popsicle stick into the base.

2. Dip in yoghurt.

Strawberry Pops - 1 dipping (1 of 1)

3. Roll in the toppings (or sprinkle them over the top).

Make strawberry ice creams

4. Pull out the stick and use it for another strawberry!

Strawberry Pops - dipper strawberries

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Fun Heart Balloon

Heart Balloon

My lovely neighbour gifted me a sack of tiny, freshly picked plums. I kept staring at them shining like multi-coloured marbles as they were at different stages of ripening. Once I picked out the ripest and cut them in half I realised they would make the perfect heart.

This fun food Heart Balloon could just as easily be made with grapes!

Fun Valentines food Balloon

Recipe

– Mini plums (or grapes)

– Mandarin (or pear/apple cut into shape)

– Sunflower seeds (or chopped pieces of raisin or almond)

– Blueberries (or raisins)

– Desiccated coconut (or yoghurt)

Method

1. Slice the plums in half and form a heart shape.

Heart Balloon - 1 plums (1 of 1)

2. Use mandarin segments to make the basket.

Heart Balloon - 2 basket (1 of 1)

3. Form the ropes from sunflower seeds.

Heart Balloon - 3 ropes (1 of 1)

4. Chop blueberries to form two cuddling people. I added a piece of sunflower for an eye for each.

Heart Balloon - 4 people (1 of 1)

5. Add desiccated coconut clouds.

Heart Balloon - 5 clouds (1 of 1)

6. Then some love hearts from plum skin.

Fun food art Heart Balloon

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Fun Veggie Heart

Veggie Heart

In the lead up to Valentines I can’t stop thinking about hearts – although I have to admit this fun food, Veggie Heart reminds me of a map of Africa!

This was a great plate to make and share as part of lunch.

Fun food art Veggie Heart

Recipe

Use any colourful veggies you have. I used:

– Radish

– Yellow capsicum (bell pepper)

– Cucumber

– Cherry tomatoes

– Carrot

– Celery

– Beetroot

Method

1. I drew a faint outline of a heart to follow then placed the veggies overlapping around the edge – starting with slices of radish.

Veggie Heart - 1 radish (1 of 1)

2. Then yellow capsicum.

Veggie Heart - 2 yellow capsicum (1 of 1)

3. Slices of cucumber.

Veggie Heart - 3 cucumber (1 of 1)

4. Cherry tomatoes cut in half. I made a point for the bottom that I later removed.

Veggie Heart - 4 tomatoes (1 of 1)

5. Then moved up the other side with carrot.

Veggie Heart - 5 carrot (1 of 1)

6. And slices from a baton of celery.

Veggie Heart - 6 celery (1 of 1)

7. And some steamed beetroot.

Veggie Heart - 7 beetroot (1 of 1)

8. Time to remove the point of tomato from the bottom.

Veggie Heart - 8 remove tomato (1 of 1)

 

9. A few fresh herbs to decorate and it’s all finished.

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Fun Cherry Hearts

Cherry Hearts

With Valentines only a week or so away it’s time to share some love!

OK so I haven’t actually cut these cherries but they are naturally heart shaped and I thought nothing says romance like the sweet decadence of cherries. Combine that with frozen yogurt and it’s a really special fun food plate ….

Fun food art Cherry Hearts

The boys bounced up and down in the kitchen until I said OK you can eat ….

Cherry Hearts - Boys eating (1 of 1)

Recipe

– Cherries

– Yoghurt (or coconut cream)

Method

1. Find cherries with stalks (just makes them easier to dip and to eat).

Cherry Hearts - 1 cherries (1 of 1)

2. Dip in yoghurt.

Cherry Hearts - 2 yoghurt (1 of 1)

3. Put in the freezer until the yoghurt goes hard and sticks to the cherry.

Cherry Hearts - 3 frozen cherries (1 of 1)

4. Serve to your loved ones … (or the ones who nag the most ….)

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Fun Superbowl Platter

Superbowl Platter

To celebrate the Superbowl final I have put together a fun food, share platter. Would be perfect for a rugby final too!

Fun food art rugby ball

Recipe

– Carrot

– White bean dip (or any light coloured dip or cheese)

– Celery

– Cucumber

Method

1. Slice the carrot into thick discs and build the shape of a football.

Superbowl Platter - 1 carrots (1 of 1)

2. Add more carrot sliced thinly to cover the gaps.

Superbowl Platter - 2 filler (1 of 1)

3. Use half carrot slices around the edge.

Superbowl Platter - 3 outline (1 of 1)

4. Shape the dip into the stitches that run down the centre.

Superbowl Platter - 4 stitches (1 of 1)

5. And use more dip for the end stripes.

Superbowl Platter - 5 markings (1 of 1)

6. Add small bowls of dip.

Superbowl Platter - 6 dips (1 of 1)

7. Cut celery and cucumber batons for grass (and as extra crudites).

Superbowl Platter - 7 grass (1 of 1)

8. Then my OCD kicked in and I had to centre the ball better!

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Fun Plum Pixie

Plum Pixie

Tonnes of different plums around at this time of the year so a shame not to use them!

Here’s my fun food, Plum Pixie …

Fun food art Plum fairy

Recipe

– Plums (different coloured flesh) or apple/peach

– Cherry

– Strawberry

Method

1. Use the cheeks of a plum to make two wings.

Fruit Pixie - 1 wings (1 of 1)

2. Add a face from a plum with lighter coloured flesh.

Fruit Pixie - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. Add a cherry for a hat.

Fruit Pixie - 3 hat (1 of 1)

4. And a strawberry body.

Fruit Pixie - 4 body (1 of 1)

5. Some floaty, plum legs.

Fruit Pixie - 5 legs (1 of 1)

6. With a strawberry skirt.

Fruit Pixie - 6 skirt (1 of 1)

7. Then some plum arms and hands.

Fruit Pixie - 7 arms (1 of 1)

8. And a face from cherry and plum skin.

Fruit Pixie - 8 face (1 of 1)

9. With some strawberry shoes.

Fruit Pixie - 9 feet (1 of 1)

10. And some snazzy jewellery.

Fruit Pixie - 10 jewellery (1 of 1)

11. A little decoration and she’s ready to fly …

Fun food for girls Plum Fairy

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Vegecational Video Ventures 7 – Home-made Fruit Popsicles

Vegecational Video Ventures – Home-made Healthy Popsicles

High summer and it’s lovely and warm here. Still on school holidays so we thought we’d mix it up and instead of having just fruit for dessert we’d have some fresh fruit popsicles.

My neighbour very kindly gave us a sack of grapefruit from the tree. Divine!! Some were a little bruised on one side so I scooped out the pulp and the juice and decided to use this as the basis for my popsicles. Unusual yes but we all love citrus and that zingy flavour of grapefruit so we married this with some banana (for sweetness) and some plums that were a little over-ripe.

Check out the making on video:
https://youtu.be/kjqim-sn_2Q

Real fruit icey poles

Then we had a meltingly hot day (well for Wellington!!) so we did a taste test on video:
http://youtu.be/PeX5HD4ofYg

Home-made fruit popsicles

They were obviously very well received as the boys (big and small) nagged me to make more this morning!

Recipe

– Use whatever fruit you have to hand. Using banana/mango/pineapple etc. that are naturally sweet helps to give them more sweetness.

– We used 2 grapefruit (juice and pulp), 2 bananas and 2 plums. This morning I made another batch and substituted the plums for 2 handfuls of
berries.

Method

1. Wash and cut fruit.

2. Blend until as small as you like. We leave ours a little lumpy as the boys like chunks of fruit.

3. Pour into popsicle moulds or you can just use paper or plastic cups or pots and add a lolly stick if you’d like.

No sugar popsicles

4. Leave overnight or less if you want it a bit “slushy”.

5. Eat!

It’s a lovely treat without any added sugar or additives and perfect to serve at parties or picnics.

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Fun Veggie Robot

Veggie Robot

As it’s summer salads feature highly on our menu. And salad is perfect for pictures. I use lots of different veg as they will all be part of our meal – you can of course substitute in any veg you have on hand

Here’s my fun food Veggie Robot…

Fun food art Veggie Robot

Recipe

– Daikon/Chinese/Japanese radish)

– Cucumber

– Celery

– Green capsicum/bell pepper

– Radish

– Carrot

Method

1. Cut a square of daikon for the body (if you haven’t tried this before it’s sold in Asian grocers or often at the markets. It has a very mild flavour, is crunchy and perfect in stir fries).

Veggie Robot - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Use cucumber for the head.

Veggie Robot - 2 head (1 of 1)

3. And celery batons for the arms.

Veggie Robot - 3 arms (1 of 1)

4. Green capsicum makes perfectly matching legs.

Veggie Robot - 4 legs (1 of 1)

5. Then radish for feet.

Veggie Robot - 5 feet (1 of 1)

6. And more radish for hands.

Veggie Robot - 6 hands (1 of 1)

7. Carrot cut into circles makes the eyes and a rectangular piece of radish for the mouth.

Veggie Robot - 7 face (1 of 1)

8. Then I angled his arms in a bit.

Veggie Robot - 8 adjust arms (1 of 1)

9. And gave him celery and daikon antennae.

Veggie Robot - 9 antennae (1 of 1)

10. Joining everything together with radish “hinges”.

Veggie Robot - 10 joins (1 of 1)

11. Finished and ready to eat!

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Fun Mandarin Rooster

Mandarin Rooster

So much fruit around at this time of year we’re spoilt for choice. The mandarins are lovely and sweet and the perfect portable snack, they are also great for creating fun food!

Here’s my Mandarin Rooster.

Fun food art Mandarin Rooster

Recipe

– Mandarin

– Strawberry

– Blueberry (or raisins)

– Pepitas

Method

1. Form a body shape from mandarin segments.

Mandarin Rooster - 1 body (1 of 1)

2. Add a strawberry wattle.

Mandarin Rooster - 2 wattle (1 of 1)

3. Then a comb.

Mandarin Rooster - 3 comb (1 of 1)

4. With an open beak.

Mandarin Rooster - 4 beak (1 of 1)

5. And a blueberry eye.

Mandarin Rooster - 5 eye (1 of 1)

6. I made the legs from strawberry and then cut a mandarin segment to make the claws.

Mandarin Rooster - 6 feet (1 of 1)

7. Slicing strawberry for a large tail.

Mandarin Rooster - 6 legs (1 of 1)

8. Then half a strawberry for the wing.

Mandarin Rooster - 7 tail (1 of 1)

9. I sprinkled pepitas for the ground.

Mandarin Rooster - 9 pepitas (1 of 1)

10. But no rooster is complete without his crow … sliced from blueberries …

Cute food ideas Mandarin Rooster

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Vegecational Video Ventures 6 – Simple Cheesemaking

Simple Cheese Making

Joe and I decided to make simple cheese yesterday. It is so quick, economical and easy that it’s something you can whip up for a meal or make weekly and store in the fridge. You also know that there are no additives!
We decided to make Paneer as we’re using lemon juice but change that to vinegar and it’s a “Farmhouse Cheese”. The acidic buttermilk that is the by-product can be used as the base for the most amazing pancakes.

The photo below shows the finished product (we just made a small amount for the video) which can be flavoured with salt and pepper, herbs, pineapple or whatever takes your fancy.

Simple cheese making

Check out the video to see just how simple it is:
https://youtu.be/zngxv8ywwC0

Recipe

– Milk

– Lemon juice or vinegar

Method

1. Boil milk in a heavy pan. Stir to stop it sticking to the bottom.

2. Once the milk has boiled turn the heat right down.

3. Add lemon juice until curds start to separate from the whey.

4. Pour the milk mixture into cheesecloth with a bowl underneath to catch the buttermilk. I don’t have cheesecloth so used a new cleaning cloth with a sieve underneath.

Cheesemaking - 1 making (1 of 1)

5. Squeeze out the whey and let the cheese cool. Chop and add seasoning to taste.

Cheesemaking with kids

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Fun Mushroom Jellyfish

Mushroom Jellyfish

I was preparing an Asian dish and the bean sprouts/mung beans just looked just like tentacles. I had the mushrooms, brown rice and veg ready so this fun food Mushroom Jellyfish was born!

Cute food for kids Mushroom Jellyfish

Recipe

– Mushrooms (I used the dark caps)

– Bean sprouts/mung beans

– Brown rice (or cous cous or chopped veggies)

– Carrot

– Red Capsicum/Bell Pepper

– I used spinach & celery for the sea bed

Method

1. Cut the sautéed mushrooms in half (or you can eat raw if you prefer).

Mushroom Jellyfish - 1 mushrooms (1 of 1)

2. Add the bean sprouts/mung beans as tentacles.

Mushroom Jellyfish - 2 beansprouts (1 of 1)

3. Add the rice for the sea-bed.

Mushroom Jellyfish - 3 rice (1 of 1)

4. Then add other veg to give the seabed colour.

Mushroom Jellyfish - 4 veggies (1 of 1)

5. Cut a few fish from carrot and capsicum …

Fun food art Mushroom Jellyfish

Simple, quick, crunchy and delicious.

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Vegecational Video Ventures 5 – Jelly Orange Cups

Jelly Orange Cups

My boys haven’t eaten jelly/jello before so are excited to try. I don’t buy the store bought as it’s either full of sugar or sweeteners so decided to experiment making my own. My husband reckons it contained too much fruit to be a true “jelly” but it tasted fabulous and you can of course alter the ratio of fruit to liquid.

Check out the video of us making it:
http://youtu.be/EwnUWxblxec

Then the boys road testing it:

http://youtu.be/pG-KTaNs54c

Recipe

– Orange

– Other fruit

– I added nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla

– Water

– Gelatin

– Blueberries to decorate

Method

1. I cut the orange in half and scooped out all the flesh.

Jelly Oranges - 1 oranges (1 of 1)

2. I combined the orange flesh with a sweet nectarine (any sweet fruit will work) and a little water. I added some spices and simmered on the stove-top until pulpy.

Jelly Oranges - 2 filling (1 of 1)

3. Allow the mixture to cool then add some gelatin to enable it to set.

4. Spoon into the orange cups and place in the fridge until ready.

The boys thought it tasted delicious. It would make a fun food, healthy party or picnic dessert. You can of course customise with any fruit that’s in season (and set in a cored out apple or melon) and then decorate with berries or nuts.

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Fun Cherry Mice

Cherry Mice

Cherries are in season – yeah!! They have got to be one of the most decadent treats available. So delicious and yet can transform easily into fun food Cherry Mice.

Fun food art Cherry Mice

Recipe

– Cherries (with stalks)

– Almond flakes

– Sunflower seeds

– Pineapple (or cheese)

– Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

Method

1. Slice the bottom off the cherry and place on a plate.

Cherry Mice - 1 cherry (1 of 1)

2. Make two slits in the cherry and add almond flakes for ears.

Cherry Mice - 2 ears (1 of 1)

3. Then cut three more slits to insert half sunflower seeds for eyes and nose.

Cherry Mice - 3 eyes & nose (1 of 1)

4. Bring to life as many mice as you’d like.

Cherry Mice - 4 three mice (1 of 1)

5. Then add a wedge of pineapple with holes cut into it for cheese.

Cherry Mice - 5 cheese (1 of 1)

6. Roughly chop some pepitas and sprinkle on the plate.

Cherry Mice - Finished (1 of 1)

7. Finished. Eeek!

Sugar free party food Cherry Mice

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Fun Coleslaw Fox

Coleslaw Fox

This fun food Coleslaw Fox is lots simpler than it looks. I made a light mayonnaise and mixed it with some grated carrot then added the cabbage. It’s a perfect centrepiece for a party or a picnic and who could resist having a little …

Fun food art Coleslaw Fox

Recipe

– Grated carrot

– Cabbage

– Red cabbage

– Cucumber

– Olives

– Mayo (or other dressing)

Method

1. Mix the carrot with the dressing and form a basic head shape.

Coleslaw Fox - 1 face (1 of 1)

2. Make holes for the eyes.

Coleslaw Fox - 2 eyes (1 of 1)

3. Add more carrot to build up the nose section to give it a 3-D effect.

Coleslaw Fox - 3 nose (1 of 1)

4. Use cabbage to make the fur around the side of the face and ears.

Coleslaw Fox - 4 cabbage (1 of 1)

5. Slice cucumber to make the eyes.

Coleslaw Fox - 5 eyes (1 of 1)

6. Then more cucumber for the nose.

Coleslaw Fox - 6 nose (1 of 1)

7. Use olives for the pupils and black nose.

Coleslaw Fox - 7 pupils-nostrils (1 of 1)

8. And more for the mouth.

Coleslaw Fox - 8 mouth (1 of 1)

9. Then use red cabbage for the whiskers and detail.

Healthy fun food for kids Coleslaw Fox

It’s as simple as that!

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